Exploring wellness in nature – from coast to countryside

Discover your happy place in West Sussex – a haven for total wellbeing.

Step into the world of West Sussex, where wellness seamlessly melds with our stunning natural landscapes. From the serene coastline to the picturesque countryside, West Sussex offers an abundance of opportunities to reconnect with nature and revitalize your body and soul.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a seeker of inner peace, or simply looking to escape the daily grind, West Sussex has something special in store for you.

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Take a walk:

Whether you prefer short strolls along scenic trails or long hikes through the countryside, there’s a perfect path waiting for you. If digital detoxing appeals, why not take in in the sea air with a walk in Shoreham-by-Sea, Goring-by-Sea or Ferring. These beaches are quiet, meaning serenity and mindful moments are guaranteed.

Exploring our great outdoor spaces such as the South Downs National Park offers a profound connection with nature, where ancient woodlands, meandering rivers and stunning views offer a delightful escape.

In the north of the county lies the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, boasting a fascinating network of ancient routeways, footpaths, and nature reserves. Whether you’re a family seeking adventure, a couple on a romantic walk or an avid hiker in search of beauty, this region offers abundant self-guided walking routes to delight in. Consider exploring the High Weald Landscape Trail from Horsham to Cuckfield, where history comes to life amidst meandering beauty.

Want to take your own path? We’ve got plenty of self-guided walks throughout West Sussex – check them out!

Spa and tonic:

West Sussex has a number of spas specialising in relaxation and rejuvenation and designed to soothe the mind and body. Rest a while in nature, enjoy a pamper or massage and uncover our hidden gems and lush landscapes!

Wakehurst pond and flowers
In the grounds of Ockenden Manor
Ockenden Manor
The Waterbeach at Goodwood
Outdoor pool at Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa
Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa

Forest bathing:

Find your inner zen. We have plenty of serene spaces that offer the ancient Japanese art of forest  bathing (Shinrin Yoku). Forest bathing is a slow guided sensory walk on a woodland trail, with opportunities to practice short meditations and mindful immersions in nature. This ancient practice is said to reduce stress, improve happiness and creativity, and boost the immune system. Although you can try it out by yourself, we recommend joining a guided practitioner for the best experience.

Wakehurst pond and flowers
Spread Eagle Hotel and Spa indorry pool
The Spread Eagle Spa
Beautiful english country gardens in full bloom at Leonardslee Gardens
Leonardslee Gardens
South Lodge Hotel
South Lodge Spa


Engaging in yoga amidst our spas and green spaces enhances wellbeing and provides a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. For a truly mindful experience, there are a selection of meditation and yoga retreats and locations that will feed your body and soul in inspiring settings. Find your inner quiet.

Yoga matts
Hush Yoga, Horsham
Group of women infront of glamping accommodation enjoying a picnic in the sunshine
The Yoga Garden, Knepp Estate
Ellasfield Retreats, Billingshurst

‘Let the train take the strain’

Reduce your carbon footprint and travel by train. We have many locations that can be visited easily without a car with Southern Rail. Whether you are looking to reconnect with nature, sample locally grown wines, cycle along the stunning Southeast coastline or pamper your cares away on a spa break.

If you’re looking for an active weekend on your bike or on the hiking trails, visit Amberley. You can also hire a bike from Riverside South Downs and even cycle down to the medieval town of Arundel, home to one of the country’s most exquisite historic heritage sites, Arundel Castle. The South Downs Way is also just a few minutes’ walk from Amberley Station. West Wittering beach is a short bus ride from Chichester train station – the sandy beach is best visited out of season, when less crowded.

Worthing is also accessible by train and is a great place to stop off for lunch and take in some sea air. Perch On The Pier gives panoramic views over the sea with exceptional 1920’s décor and ambience, whilst the laid-back East Beach  has a number of eateries such as chilled out cafes (The Crabshack and Coast Café Des Artistes) where you can take your time eating and drinking..

Shoreham-by-Sea is a charming seaside town with an accessible train station. Grab a coffee from New Port Kitchen, a sustainable contemporary café serving local food and drink with panoramic views across Shoreham Port and the harbour. All are welcome including dogs and there is plenty of space for wheelchair users. The picturesque River Adur is also nearby and the perfect spot for a wellness paddle or some SUP yoga on the river with Moxie Unleashed. There are also plenty of walks to be had, up to Steyning via the Downs Link or across Southwick Hill. Shoreham-by-sea is also home to the picturesque rest stop called ‘The Rest and Be Thankful’ stone.


Remember to observe wildlife from a distance! Always respect natural habitats and follow any guidelines set by local conservation organisations.

Respect Protect Enjoy | Experience West Sussex

Sussex is an extraordinary county to visit and experience wildlife but don’t forget to tread lightly and leave no trace. Responsible dog walkers are very welcome in Sussex but taking responsibility for your dog is especially important when out and about in amongst our natural places and spaces. For more information see Take the Lead – South Downs National Park Authority

The Countryside Code (published by Natural England) is a useful guide to respect protect and enjoy our natural areas. The Countryside Code (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Being in or near the sea can boost your wellbeing. However, do remember to protect our coastline and marine wildlife whilst visiting us. A guide to marine conservation in West Sussex | Experience West Sussex. There are also useful guidelines for protecting marine mammals from The Sussex Dolphin Project.