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Home to the South Downs, West Sussex is the ideal place to get away from it all. You’ll be taking in some of the freshest air and most inspirational views. There’s so much to admire, you won’t want your trip to end.

To get the best of the views, put on your walking boots or running shoes and head for the hills. The vistas from the top of the South Downs to the Surrey Hills and out to sea are utterly spectacular. And let’s not forget the reward of the downhills too.

You can hike or run along the ridge of the South Downs, take a circular route connecting classic English villages, or explore the miles of footpaths and bridleways that criss-cross open countryside. We also have guided walks, to help you experience the best of everything. If you are a thru-walker taking the 100-mile challenge, do stop off for a well-earned meal, a refreshing drink or an overnight stay.

If you’re a mountain biker, you’ll be in your element here. There are superb off-road tracks among rolling chalk hills, as well as miles of trails and bridleways criss-crossing the surrounding countryside. If you’re a road cyclist, you might be up to the challenge of two of the toughest hill climbs in the country.

The West Sussex Coast offers more than just great views and a lovely location from which to enjoy a day by the sea. There are a huge range of water sports on offer and whether you are an experienced professional, an individual, a group looking to try something new, there is plenty to do. From outdoor swimming and sunbathing, to boat trips, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and adrenaline-packed activities like super-fast inflatable adult water rides, there truly is something for everyone.

Activities

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Seeking mountain bike thrills

Sunny singletrack near Steyning

Phil reveals this great route

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Surfing the Sussex coast

Have a go at surfing

3 friends grab boards, waves and thrills

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Cycling through stunning Steyning

Cycle route

Jason and his wife enjoy an iconic loop

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Taking time out on the downs

Walking route

Claire loves to escape into nature

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Kayaking the Shoreham stretch

Enjoy a new sport

Robert goes offshore in style

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Relaxing around Chichester Harbour

Relaxing around Chichester Harbour

Debbie recharges with a walk in nature

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Cycling the Bignor Beacon 100

A great ride

My name is Jason and I am a keen cyclist, having started group and club riding over the last year and having always had a keen interest in endurance sport.

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Strolling along Worthing seaside

Take in some coastal air

Jo and her friends take in the salt air

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Walking Houghton Forest & Slindon

Walking Houghton Forest & Slindon

TJ takes in the views and the woodlands

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Tackling Devil’s Dyke & Poynings

Tackling Devil’s Dyke & Poynings

Dulcie enjoys walking heaven on her doorstep

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Waveriding at West Wittering

Why not give SUP a go?

Jock takes stand-up inspiration from Hawaii

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Mountain biking in the beautiful SDNP

Half day MTB loop in the East

Lorna's more than little bit in love with cycling and the South Downs

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Riding around Arundel

Arundel cycle loop

Phil and his mate hit the hills

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Cycling the Seven Hills

Cycling the Seven Hills

Tim tackles Goodwood’s toughest roads

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Off-roading fun near Worthing

Stretch your legs

Lorna enjoys a short loop on her bike

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Rambles and tea in Amberley

Rambles and tea in Amberley

Kelly visits a picture-postcard village

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King-sized MTB thrills in Kingley Vale

King-sized MTB thrills in Kingley Vale

Phil hits the trails from Chichester

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Clear thinking at Cissbury Ring

Clear thinking at Cissbury Ring

Adele enjoys a proper break from work

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