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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

Two people playing bubble football outdoors

Bubble football

If the thought of running around a field with just a giant z...
Map of Horsham Loxwood loop

Off-road route: Horsham/Loxwood Loop

Distance: 58km Time: Approx. 5hrs This route follows ...
Horse in wild flowers at Knepp Estate

Knepp Safari

Experience the thrill of the dawn chorus and wild animals un...
Two people walking through South Downs

Pied A Terre

Pied A Terre offer inspiring and rewarding outdoor walking a...
A horse jumping at the Hickstead International Showjumping

Hickstead International Showjumping

Hickstead is known as the home of British showjumping. The s...
The witterings sandy beach

The Witterings

After an exhausting day on your bike or climbing the Downs, ...
Stans Bike Shack business card in coffee beans

Stan’s Bike Shack

Located right on the Downs Link in Partridge Green, Stan's B...
Hassocks community cycle centre

Hassocks Community Cycle Hire

Hassocks Community Cycle Hire offers an on demand service fo...

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