Areas to Walk

If you are looking for some woodland, forest area or open space to exercise in Sussex, we’ve listed some of our favourite areas below. The suggestions are areas in which you can wander as you please and include forests, woodlands, South Downs views and places to picnic. They are a great choice if you aren’t looking for a mapped walk, but instead can just enjoy the open space!

Take a browse through our suggestions below, and click through each idea to read some more detailed information about each place.

Ashdown Forest

Ashdown Forest, East Sussex is a wonderful large open area for walking and enjoying the scenery and also the home of Winnie the Pooh’s and Pooh’s bridge. There are many car parks you can park at in all areas of the forest so there are plenty of options!

Ditchling Beacon

The South Downs are a wonderful way to spend a day and Ditchling Beacon is a great place to enjoy a lovely walk. Ditchling Beacon is the third-highest point on the South Downs Way and offers 360 degree views across the Weald and Brighton. Ditchling Beacon is ideal for runners, cyclists and walkers alike – it can be windy on the top of the ridge at times so make sure you are wrapped up!

Ebernoe Common

Ebernoe Common, north of Petworth in West Sussex, is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is lovely to walk around with your dog and follow the footpaths through the woodland. There is a small car park by Ebernoe Holy Trinity church – GU28 9LD.

Sullington Warren

Sullington Warren is a lovely open area of heathland where you can exercise your dog, sit outside with a book or enjoy a lovely walk with the kids. There is no set walk here, just enjoy the open space and explore this area of woodland and winding paths.

Warren Hill

Warren Hill is located in Washington, just off the Washington roundabout heading towards Storrington. There is free National Trust parking and lots of woodland to wander through, and an open green to picnic on.

Petworth Deer Park

Petworth Deer Park is a great place for a walk and to enjoy this incredible large open space and deer (please don’t allow dogs to chase the deer). You can walk around the lake as well as to the front of Petworth House which is a stunning 17 century house. For parking, park at the National Trust car park along London Rd, Petworth GU28 9JF.

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