Walk in Sussex by the Sea

A family descend through trees and greenery on a walk down a hill in the South Downs countryside

With the ever present backdrop of The South Downs (the UK's newest National Park) and the flat but more urbanised Coastal Plain, Sussex by the Sea in the centre of the south of England is great as a base for getting out and enjoying the fresh air.


The South Downs

A recognised area of outstanding natural beauty, The South Downs National Park offers some of the most breathtaking and invigorating Sussex walks, bike and horse rides you could hope for on your holiday. Explore more than 3,000 kilometres of well-signed, well-managed and easily accessible trails on foot, by bike or on horseback, with access to the South Downs from both Arundel and the nearby village of Amberley.


The Coastal Plain

Bognor Regis and Littlehampton are in the centre of the coastal plain which makes for flat easy walking and cycling, although, as a popular residential area, you're also likely to encounter traffic and busy roads too.

So - feeling adventurous?

Why not try a section - or even all of the South Downs Way – a national trail which stretches the entire length of the National Park, from Winchester to Eastbourne - a total of 99 miles (160km) If you're heading into The South Downs check out the information on their website's "Getting Around" page
Combine your walking interest with England's 17th Century history along The Monarch's Way . Britain's second longest signed walking trail - a total of 615 miles (990km), this is the historic route using footpaths and bridleways to follow King Charles II's escape route after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. The route passes through Sussex by the Sea and finishes at nearby Shoreham by Sea
For some other, less lengthy ideas, click on the links below and print or download some great walk and cycle leaflets for this part of Sussex - produced by Chichester District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority
Walks in Arundel (PDF File - 2.8 MB)
Walks near Amberley (PDF File - 2.1 MB)
These leaflets, and many others, can also be collected (subject to availability) in person from the Visitor information Points  in Arundel, Bognor Regis and various points in Littlehampton.
Go digital
West Sussex County Council have lots of useful trails and information on their website  - many of the footpaths are also bridleways
There are several cycling and walking apps that help you plan your route and some even monitor your health while you're out and about.
Try i.footpath;  MapMyWalk or any of the selection suggested by The British Heart Foundation are all great apps to try. Alternatively use your preferred Search Engine for even more choices.
Report a problem
If you come across a problem on any local footpath, bridle or cycle paths, please contact West Sussex County Council.Public Rights of Way Team