Easter Bank Holiday: The best walks in Brighton and Sussex

EASTER week is upon us and you may be looking for a way to spend the long weekend.

If you’re looking for a place to get away from it all, Sussex has plenty of beautiful and peaceful hiking trails to explore.

To help our readers decide on their next route, we’ve put together a list featuring some of the best walks in Sussex.

Amberley

This village has many old buildings, thatched cottages, a castle, a church and two pubs, as well as a mainline railway station a few yards down the South Downs Way.

A walk up Mount Amberley presents fantastic views across the Arun Valley, where you can clearly see how the flowing River Arun has carved its channel through the chalk.

There is a ten mile walk around the hidden village of Burpham, but while ten miles is a bit much, there is a shorter two and a half mile loop around the village of Amberley, offering views of Amberley Brooks before taking you back to the station.

Seven Sisters National Park

Named after the famous chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters which form part of the Sussex Heritage Coast, this is one of the most beautiful stretches of unspoilt coastline in England.

The park also has a Miles Without Stiles route, suitable for strollers and those with limited mobility or those using wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

The route is just over a mile long, skirting the Cuckmere River before admiring views of the Seven Sisters from the beach.

Arundel

With a fairytale castle, a tranquil lake, a heated lido and over a dozen cafes, pubs and restaurants, Arundel has plenty to offer.

You can opt for the shorter four-mile walk around Lake Swanbourne and the River Arun or take the seven-mile walk through Arundel Park and South Stoke, taking the Monarch’s Way – the route supposedly taken by Charles II during his escape from England. in France after Oliver Cromwell’s defeat at Worcester in 1651.

Stansted Park

Stansted Park, which is to the west of Chichester, has some of the most scenic parks and ancient woodlands in southern England.

In medieval times the Earls of Arundel had a hunting lodge on the site, surrounded by extensive woodland used for hunting and timber production.

Ownership changes over the years resulted in the construction of a new house in the 17th century when the formal gardens were laid out. However, the Elizabethan house was destroyed by fire in 1900, along with all of its historical records.

A new house was built on the same footprint in 1901 and visitors can tour the house or enjoy the various attractions the park has to offer including the maze, miniature railway, arboretum and pottery studio .

Petworth Park

Run by the National Trust, Petworth Park is a favorite spot for dog walkers, with 700 acres of lakes, lawn hills and tree belts.

Home to the largest herd of fallow deer in England, the park is the perfect escape into a winter wonderland.

Stanmer Park

Covering around 5,000 acres, Stanmer Park in Brighton has a rich history to uncover. The church, village, and mansion stand on sites of much older versions of themselves, with some of the building materials reused in the current buildings.

Steyning and Bramber

The historic village of Bramber with its medieval castle is the start and finish point of a Miles Without Stiles route, which follows the Downs Link path along the River Arun.

Once a port on the River Arun, Steyning was prized by the Normans for its inland location and easy access to the English Channel.

From Steyning you can easily access the South Downs Way, where you can follow a seven-mile self-guided walk.

Along the trail you will come across Chanctonbury Ring, one of the highest points in the national park.

Charleston, Ditchling and the Monks’ House

Last year Charleston Farmhouse, Monk’s House and Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft launched a new immersive walking experience telling the unique story of each region.

The In Their Footsteps app is a self-guided audio tour through the Sussex countryside, with the walks providing a great opportunity to explore some of the national park’s amazing cultural sites.

Glynde

Home to Glyndebourne Opera House, Glynde is a typical Sussex lowland village.

Walking along the Glynde Road you can see Mount Caburn Hill Fort and National Nature Reserve, the Elizabethan Manor Glynde Place, as well as panoramic views of the Ouse Valley and Lewes.

Further down the A27 is the village of Firle, situated at the foot of Firle Beacon, one of the highest points in the South Downs National Park.

Walkers are asked to respect the countryside code when walking in the national park and to keep dogs on a leash.

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