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
Two men showing an owl and hawk to a crowd

Hawking About

Hawking About offers a unique wildlife experience. Available...
The new WildArt Trail in Pulborough is an enchanting trail of sculptures and digital wildlife through the countryside in West Sussex

Pulborough WildArt Trail

The new WildArt Trail in Pulborough is an enchanting trail o...
Map of Haywards Heath route

On and off road loop: Haywards Heath GREEN route

Distance: 20km Time: Around 90 minutes Start off in Ha...
A group of cyclists queuing at Cadence Cycle Club's Hub

Cadence Cycle Club

Cadence Cycle Club is a collective of enthusiastic cyclists ...
Two people enjoying a walk in the green countryside in Sussex

Storrington

Enjoy a visit to Storrington: a thriving, picturesque villag...
Chichester Harbour Conservancy with sailing boats on the sea

Chichester Harbour Conservancy

Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has a ...
Surfer walking home on Seaford Head

Cycle the South Downs Way

Do a ton on your bike. Tackle the 100 mile long National Tra...
Paragliding down Devils Dyke

Devil’s Dyke

Immerse yourself in one of the longest, deepest and widest d...
Four polo players on horses at Cowdray Park Polo

Cowdray Park Polo

The Cowdray Park Polo Club is home to the world-famous Gold ...
Buchan country park lake

Buchan Country Park

Buchan Country Park is 170 acres of beautiful countryside ri...
Vintage cars down race track at Goodwood Estate

Goodwood Estate

The home of the Duke and Duchess of Richmond and Gordon, the...
Hassocks community cycle centre

Hassocks Community Cycle Hire

Hassocks Community Cycle Hire offers an on demand service fo...
Clay pigeon shooting

Southdown Gun Club

Located near Findon, close to Worthing, the Southdown Gun Cl...
Muddy cyclists on a guided ride

Take a guided bike ride

Join or book an off road guided ride, take away the need to ...
Blue butterfly

South Downs Wildlife

Explore the South Downs National Park and its amazing wildli...
Centurion Way grass and sheet grazing

Cycle the Centurion Way

A 5 mile route following a disused railway line, the Centuri...

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

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.