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Active and outdoors

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. To get the best of the views, put on your walking boots or running shoes and head for the hills. If you’re a mountain biker, there are superb off-road tracks among rolling chalk hills, as well as miles of trails and bridleways criss-crossing the surrounding countryside. Road cyclists are well-catered for with two of the toughest hill climbs in the country and there are a huge range of watersports on offer.

Active, outdoor activities in West Sussex

Local guides

Get inspiration for your next trip with the help of our local guides. Discover top attractions, fun things to do and exciting new experiences. There is something for everyone in West Sussex.

Explore the great outdoors

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Warham Nature Reserve is a 92-acre site with millpond, marsh...
Kitesurfer in the sea at Littlehampton

LOOP Watersports

LOOP Watersports is a local built watersports centre in Litt...
Chichester flowers and high street, West Sussex

Chichester

Blending old and new, Chichester offers an enticing mix of d...
Two passengers in a plane at the Southdown Gliding Club

Southdown Gliding Club

The Southdown Gliding Club is one of the largest and fully e...
A family cycling on a path from Pagham to Medmerry

Cycle Pagham Harbour to Medmerry

Cycle or walk along the new 3km route linking Pagham Harbour...
Paddleboarder in the sea for 2XS

2XS

Shop, hire and learn – 2xs is the place to go for all your...
Shoreham Rowing Club

Shoreham Rowing Club

Rowing conditions around Shoreham are suitable for beginners...
Map of Haywards Heath route

On and off road loop: Haywards Heath GREEN route

Distance: 20km Time: Around 90 minutes Start off in Ha...

Coastal activites

The West Sussex Coast offers more than just great views and a lovely location from which to enjoy a day by the sea. 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.

Paddle boarding on the West Sussex coast
Dad and child sailing in West Sussex