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Amazing outdoor experiences in West Sussex
Kitesurf on Lancing Beach – head to one of the most popular kitesurfing spots in West Sussex to try your hand at this fast-paced adrenalin sport. Beginners beware: always make sure you have an instructor with you if you’ve never tried it before.
Hot Air Balloon over Petworth – let the British School of Ballooning take you on the flight of a lifetime. Taking in some of the region’s most romantic sights, including Cowdray Park, Uppark House, the South Downs National Park, Bignor Roman Villa and Petworth House, you’ll float above the clouds on an Instagram-worthy adventure.
Walk on the ancient Wolstonbury Hill – situated in Clayton near Pyecombe, this four-mile walk takes in woodland, fields, country tracks, bridleways and stunning views across West Sussex. The perfect way to experience the natural beauty of the region.
Cycle the South Downs Way – the path seems endless on this famous cycling route, the views are stunning and every rider’s experience is totally unique. The 160km long South Downs Way is the UK’s only National Trail that is fully traversable by bike – pick it up in West Sussex for a ride to remember.
Discover Wakehurst Place near Ardingly – owned by London’s Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, this sprawling country estate boasts gardens, nature reserve, vast woodlands and diverse wildlife. There’s a packed-programme of events throughout the year and the Millennium Seed Bank is the world’s largest wild plant seed bank.
Enjoy a vineyard tour and tasting – West Sussex is fast becoming a leader in producing world class wines, with Sussex sparkling wine recently granted protected regional status, putting it on a par with wines produced in France, Italy and Spain. It’s worth a trip to the region to experience the fizz alone. Choose from a dizzying array of vineyards including Bolney, Albourne, Tinwood, Nutbourne, Nyetimber, Stoppham and Upperton.
Forage for your lunch – there’s nothing like foraging for your own lunch to really make you appreciate the importance of eating seasonal, local, just-picked produce. Leave your phone behind and set off with a West Sussex-based forager who will educate you in the art of finding, identifying and eating wild food.
Paraglide in Worthing – experience the county from above and master the art of paragliding with Airsports Paragliding. The South Downs National Park is the perfect place to learn this new sport and paraglide across vast green landscapes, giving you a whole new perspective on the region.
Take a boat safari at Arundel Wetland Centre – if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to spot water voles in their natural habitat, head to the Arundel Wetland Centre and hop on board its Wetland Discovery Boat Safari. The free boat trip takes you through the wet meadows on this fascinating wild ride.
Ever wanted to sleep under the stars? Go off-grid and feel closer to nature with a stay at Wild Board Wood Eco Camping. In a stunning woodland setting, you’ll have everything you need to truly experience real off-grid camping, with a ‘wild glamping’ twist.