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...
Bognor Regis boardwalk

Cycle Bognor Regis promenade

Sunniest Bognor Regis - famous for historic royal visits an...
Buchan country park lake

Buchan Country Park

Buchan Country Park is 170 acres of beautiful countryside ri...
Two men chatting in a field over a fence

Quest Challenges

In a world where organisational teams may have become fragme...
Saltern way water and boats Chichester

Cycle the Salterns Way

Salterns Way runs from the centre of Chichester to the sand ...
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...
South Downs Discovery - Devil's Dyke

Self-guided walking holidays from South Downs Discovery

South Downs Discovery provide self-guided walking holidays a...

Hot air balloon rides

Adventure awaits. Take to the skies over West Sussex on a fa...
People splashing in river

Bignor Hill

Bignor Hill stands tall and provides extreme challenges for ...
Family walking on a beach

Seal Bay Resort

Seal Bay Resort is a 300 acre holiday resort park in Selsey,...
Two cyclists riding through West Sussex countryside

Cycling for Softies

Explore West Sussex by bike with exciting cycling holidays c...
Map of Haywards Heath route

On and off road loop: Haywards Heath GREEN route

Distance: 20km Time: Around 90 minutes Start off in Ha...
Walkers pointing to map on South Downs walk

Centurion Way

A 5 mile route following a disused railway line, the Centuri...
SUP paddlleboarders out in the water holding ores above their heads

SUP & Soul

SUP & Soul offers clients water-based wellbeing experien...
Arundel Castle pictutred behind the River Arun

Arundel

Arundel captures the essence of heritage, urban chic and cou...
Sumners Ponds campsite and fishery

Sumners Ponds

Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite is a beautiful spot set ...

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.