Spring is on its way so we wanted to give you a guide to some of our favourite places to go on a walk. These are all perfect for a walk with friends, a dog or by yourself!
River Adur, Shoreham-by-Sea
This is definitely one of our favourite walking spots. If you start at the Ropetackle Centre you will often see people learning to canoe or paddle board. Stroll up the river and take in the views. You will see the beautiful shining memorial to the 11 men that died in the Shoreham air crash. Keep going and make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the big wooden bird sculpture.
At Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare you can walk round the sanctuary, see the horses, say hello to the exotic birds, visit the children's play area and even feed some of the residents. When you're feeling hungry yourself you can pop into their cafe then browse through the charity shop. Entry is by donation and parking is free.
St Leonard's Forest, Horsham
Free car parking at Roosthole Car park. Walking up the gravel track you’ll eventually come up to the famous Micks Mile race, a dead straight track lined with trees and a mile long in length. Legend has it that Mick, some say a smuggler, stumbled across the Devil and challenged him in a race in order to keep his soul, luckily he won! Micks Mile race sits in St Leonard’s forest which is full of walks and little tracks- it’s hard to get lost as you’ll be forever crossing other little paths!
The legend of the dragon in St Leonard’s forest is echoed around Horsham, to the pub in Colgate (The dragon) to the bronze statue in Horsham park and even this beautifully carved bench at the end of Micks Mile Race. Supposedly Saint Leonard slew the dragon after a long battle, but some say smugglers made this up to keep people away from the forest which was rich in iron.
The Llama Park, Wych Cross
This beautiful 33 acres of land makes for a great walk and day out. You can walk it on your own, on a guided walk or even walk a Llama round! They have a cafe where you can grab something to eat, a children's play park and a gift shop inside.
The Downs Link, Surrey to Steyning
This walk is a 37 mile long route linking the North Downs Way with the South Downs Way following two old railway lines. Along this route you can access Shoreham-by-Sea, Bramber, Steyning, West Grinstead, Southwater and Rudgwick. Why not pop by to see Bramber Castle? Or at West Grinstead Old Station a railway carriage which is now the new information centre. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Admiral Butterflies, Kingfishers catching fish in the river and bats flying by on a summer evening.
Tilgate Park, Crawley
Head to Tilgate park for great walks and a fun day out. In the park they have lakes, lawns, gardens and woodland to explore. It is a dog friendly park so feel free to bring your pooch. In the Nature Centre they have plenty of animals from Meerkat's to Reindeer. For those looking for something a bit more exhilarating, swing through the treetops on the Go Ape course for an areal adventure!
Chanctonbury Ring, Pulborough
At 242 metres above sea level and topped with a ring of beech trees, Chanctonbury ring is an iconic Sussex landmark that was once an ancient hill fort. Not surprising, the view from the top is stunning and on a clear day you can see as far as Leith Hill in Surrey to way out to sea and the coast of the Isle of Wight. A local legend suggests that if you walk anti-clockwise around the ring 7 times, the Devil will appear and offer you a bowl of soup in exchange for your soul.
You can start you walk from the car park on Washington Bostal, just off the A24 or the car park on Chanctonbury Ring Road. On your way up from Chanctonbury Ring Road look out for the heavily rooted trees and rope swings!
We hope you can all try out some of our favourite Sussex walks. Share your best walks with us on Instagram @BunchesofSussex