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
A couple on a hot air balloon flight

Hot Air balloon flights

From its base in Petworth, the British School of Ballooning...
Surfboards lined up on the grass at Sussex Surf School

Sussex Surf School

The Sussex Surf School specialise in paddle boarding, kayaki...
Sussex Water Sports list of lessons

Sussex Watersports

Wakeboarding, waterskiing and knee boarding adds a touch of ...
Two cyclists riding through West Sussex countryside

Cycling for Softies

Explore West Sussex by bike with exciting cycling holidays c...
Sunrise over the Seven Sisters cliffs

Footprints of Sussex

Footprints of Sussex have a vast amount of experience of org...
Two people walking through South Downs

Pied A Terre

Pied A Terre offer guided walking activities for all in and ...
Swanbourne Lodge boating lake

Swanbourne Lodge boating lake

On a sunny day the boating lake in Arundel is extremely popu...
Three boats on the water at the Cobnor Acitivities Centre

Cobnor Activities Centre Trust

Cobnor Activities Centre Trust is an independent charity an...
Tulleys Farm floor maze

Tulleys Farm

Tulleys Farm is a large event space on the outskirts of Craw...
Two horse riders riding down countryside lane

Willowbrook Riding Centre

Explore the beautiful South Downs by horseback on one of t...
Black and white image of a kite boarder on the sea in West Sussex

Get Kiteboarding

Get kiteboarding is a kitesurfing and paddleboarding school ...
Flip out indoor trampoline park with children jumping into foam pit

Flip Out Trampoline Park

Join the trampolining craze and hop over to Flip Out. There ...
A group ready for a kayaking lesson with Fluid Adventures in West Sussex

Fluid Adventures

Fluid Adventures Ltd is a Chichester based canoe and kayak c...
Cowdray Estate in the misty morning

Cowdray Estate

Located in Midhurst at the heart of the South Downs National...
Leisure boats lined up at the Chichester Canal

Chichester Canal

On the edge of the City centre, Chichester Canal offers a un...
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

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.