The walks listed here require a short drive from Angmering to get to the starting points.
2.8mi / 4.5km
An easy walk along well-marked paths through woodland suitable for any time of year, with particularly lovely colour in autumn. Some muddy patches, as to be expected in woods, but no stiles and fine for dogs. There is a small shop and takeaway cafe in the car park.
5.7mi / 9.2km
Starting at the pretty, rural village of Burpham, this walk heads straight up into the undulating scenery of the South Downs. The route gently climbs for the first mile or two along a farm track, then follows well-surfaced paths through folds in the hills, offering fantastic views throughout. The last third descends down towards the River Arun and skirts water meadows before looping back into Burpham. There are no stiles on this walk and there is hardly any mud even in winter.
4.3 mi / 6.9km
Beginning at the picturesque Houghton Bridge next to Amberley train station, this walk proceeds along the bank of the River Arun to South Stoke, before cutting across meadows to North Stoke via the Gurkha suspension bridge (so-called because it was rebuilt in 2009 by the British Army Gurkhas after being damaged by a falling tree). From here, a footpath takes you back to the river and Houghton Bridge.
5.5mi / 8.9km
This is an interesting walk taking in diverse aspects of the countryside around the pretty village of Amberely. The walk is best in spring and summer as the ground can be waterlogged in winter, and part of the path through the water channels can get overgrown but persevere – it’s worth it!
4.7mi / 7.5km
This is a walk suitable for all seasons but the wild flowers in spring and early summer are prolific. Footpaths are, in the main, wide and well-marked. No stiles. On return, refreshments can be had at Houghton Bridge if you turn left onto the B2139 and return via Arundel.
3mi / 4.8km
A lovely walk around the crown of a beautiful hill steeped in ancient history. The route approaches Cissbury Ring from the south, before going in a complete circle round the top, following Iron Age fortifications constructed over two millennia ago. The views throughout this walk are superb, especially the panoramic ones from the hill, and if you’re lucky you’ll see the small herd of wild New Forest ponies that call this place home.
3.2mi / 5.1km
A walk through woods with wide pathways and then onto Patching Hill, from which there are lovely views. A good walk for spring (beautiful bluebells), summer for the cool greenness of the woods and autumn for the colours. There are three stiles and it can be muddy in winter / after excessive rain.
3.7mi / 6km
A circular, flat walk, involving one stile. The walk takes you through woods and fields and past the picturesque house and gardens of Angmering Park Stud Farm.
5.8mi / 9.3km
A spectacular downland ramble winding through some of the finest scenery in Sussex. The walk begins on the South Downs Way, with incredible views in all directions, before arriving at the brow of Amberley Mount (cameras at the ready!), then loops back along idyllic countryside tracks and pathways.
3mi / 4.8km
A pleasant flat walk which takes in the very pretty, rural Ferring Rife stream and combines it with country lanes, views of local countryside and a walk back along the greensward. No stiles. This is a year-round walk – lots of greenery and wildlife in spring and summer. Easy underfoot and wild seas in winter.
3.1mi / 5km
A completely flat walk with no stiles that meanders from Poling through fields, along copses and past chicken coops to Lyminster, before running for a little while on the pavement along Lyminster Road, and then heading back along rural lanes to return to Poling.
4.1mi / 6.6km
A great walk for varied scenery and glorious views, and donkeys as an added bonus! The woodland bridle path is clear, but a bit uneven in places and potentially muddy in winter. There are bluebells in spring. The tracks after the woods are very easy to navigate and open up into sweeping downland views at the trig point.
2.4mi / 3.9km
A straightforward woodland walk, with well-marked, flat paths. When the weather is dry this walk would be suitable for a buggy. The best time of year is spring when the bluebells are out. It is an easy way to see them without having to walk too far with children. Lovely any time of year though.
5.4mi / 8.7km
A varied walk that starts at Swanbourne Lake, taking you along the River Arun to the pretty village of South Stoke, then up a fairly steep climb overlooking the Arun Valley, with stupendous views from the top, before descending back down to the lake.
5.9mi / 9.5km
A stunner of a walk with a satisfying mix of scenery, from hills with commanding views to riverside forest. The first part is the hardest, with a steady climb to the top of Perry Hill, but then the route flattens out for the most part, before dropping down to the River Arun below Burpham to finish.
3mi / 4.8km
Starting at the 12th century St Mary the Virgin Church in Clapham village, this walk is mainly through woodland but there is a stretch of field at the end. The walk is particularly lovely in spring, when the wood anemones are flowering, followed by bluebells, though it can be enjoyed any time of year.
6mi / 9.7km
A scenic circular walk offering a nice mix of woodland and open downs. The views from Windy Ridge – about halfway through the walk – are truly spectacular, as are the views from the top of Barpham Hill, a little further on. The walk then sweeps down through beautiful open landscape, before a final climb back to the start.
3mi / 4.8km
A lovely walk by Swanbourne Lake and extending into Arundel Park, returning via the town. Easy to follow footpaths and no stiles. Some inclines up to the tower. Good views. Great in spring and summer to see the cygnets and ducklings, but good any time of year.