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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

Saltern way water and boats Chichester

Cycle the Salterns Way

Salterns Way runs from the centre of Chichester to the sand ...
Surfer walking home on Seaford Head

Cycle the South Downs Way

Do a ton on your bike. Tackle the 100 mile long National Tra...
Horse rider and trainer getting on a horse

Lavant House Stables

Lavant House Stables, near Chichester, is the place to go fo...
Arundel Lido

Arundel Lido

Swim, sunbathe or simply relax at the outdoor Arundel Lido &...
Old oak tree

Kingley Vale Nature Reserve

Nestling in the South Downs National Park, Kingley Vale Nati...
A group of children jumping into the water at the Adur Centre in Sussex

Adur Centre

Located on the banks of River Adur, the Adur Centre is an ou...
Walkers pointing to map on South Downs walk

Centurion Way

A 5 mile route following a disused railway line, the Centuri...
Black and white image of a kite boarder on the sea in West Sussex

Get Kiteboarding

Get kiteboarding is a kitesurfing and paddleboarding school ...

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.

Cycling and biking in West Sussex
Paddle boarding on the West Sussex coast