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With some of the most beautiful countryside in England, West Sussex is one of the most wooded counties in the country. Eighty percent of the county is rural and over 50% of it is designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whether you want a stroll by the sea, a wander in the woods or a hike over the Downs, there are plenty of routes to explore.

Use the links below to discover walks across West Sussex.

  • A route between Chichester and West Dean following the line of part of the disused Chichester to Midhurst railway.
  • This tree trail of about 1.5 miles (2.4km) has been developed to introduce residents and visitors to some of the interesting trees within Chichester's city walls.
  • A multi-use path joining the North Downs Way with the South Downs Way and beyond towards the coast at Shoreham. The route follows the 37 miles (59 km) course of the old Guildford to Shoreham railway line.
  • Information about the High Weald Landscape Trail, a 90 mile (145km) way marked route, which crosses the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) between Horsham in the west and Rye in the east.
  • A linear walk of 615 miles (990km) starting from The Midlands and crossing the South Downs from Rowlands Castle to Shoreham.
  • The New Lipchis Way is a linear walk of 28 miles (42km) from Liphook to West Wittering.
  • Managed by Chichester Harbour Conservancy, this 11 mile (18km) route, much of which is suitable for both cyclists and horseriders, is between Chichester and West Wittering. This link will take you to the Harbour Conservancy website.
  • The name of the trail reflects the serpentine shape of the route which snakes for 64 miles (108km) through the beautiful heathland landscapes of West Sussex.
  • A linear walk of 101 miles which is waymarked with the Acorn logo.
  • A linear walk of 150 miles (241km) starting at Thorney Island and ending at Rye.
  • A 42 mile (67km) long distance footpath that follows the course of the River Ouse from its source near Lower Beeding in West Sussex to the sea at Seaford Bay in East Sussex.
  • Opened in Horsham in April 2007, this linear 55 mile (88km) route links Horsham, in the north-east corner of West Sussex, with the cathedral city of Chichester.
  • 36 mile (58km) route through the Surrey hills, the remote areas of the Weald, the lush water meadows of the upper Arun and the high chalkland of the South Downs.
  • A 7 mile (11km) route following a disused railway line through classic High Weald scenery from Three Bridges to East Grinstead.


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