5 things to do in Sussex this week - National Trust walks

PUBLISHED: 16:03 23 November 2020 | UPDATED: 16:32 23 November 2020

Sheffield Park (c) ukgardenphotos, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Sheffield Park (c) ukgardenphotos, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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While Sussex’s busy events schedule takes a hiatus during this latest lockdown, we’ll be suggesting a selection of outdoor and home-based activities that all comply with the latest guidelines

This week we’ll be featuring a selection of the best walks going through the grounds of Sussex’s National Trust sites. Please check all local information through the links provided before heading out as parking and other arrangements may have changed

Estate Walk at Sheffield Park

The gardens at Sheffield Park have been influenced by the designs of ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton, creating a magical landscape with four lakes at its heart.

The route is dog-friendly and you can be sure your pooch will enjoy your three-mile walk through sloping fields, woodland and riverside meadows as much as you will.

Sheffield Park

Wolstonbury Hill

Over this four-mile walk in the South Downs you’ll find yourself among the enormous variety of wildlife on the ancient slopes of Wolstonbury Hill, a beauty spot not far from Clayton and Hassocks.

As well as the natural diversity that surrounds you at every turn, you’ll also be rewarded with far-reaching views towards the sea, Newtimber Hill and Devil’s Dyke.

Wolstonbury Hill

Cliff Top Walk from Birling Gap to Exceat

From Birling Gap you’ll follow the Seven Sisters towards Cuckmere Haven before you reach Cliff End at which point you’ll turn inland to walk through the Seven Sisters Country Park to Exceat.

The four-mile route can be quite tricky in places - particularly if the weather takes a turn for the worse - but the views you’re rewarded with over the Channel and down the rest of the coast are well worth it.

Birling Gap

Woolbeding Countryside

In this estate located in the Rother Valley there is a wonderful combination of hills, commons and riverside areas populated by ancient oaks, each of which provide the habitat for a different species of animal.

Rare birds like woodlarks and nightjars can occasionally be spotted, pigs, cows and sheep graze the heathland and even reptiles thrive among the gorse and heather. Your three-mile walk should take around an hour and a half.

The Path of Dreams

A Roman Ramble to Gumber Farm

Take a walk in the footsteps of Romans in Britain as you follow Stane Street through the Slindon Estate, a 1,400-hectare collection of woodland, downland, farmland and parkland near Arundel.

On your two-hour walk you’ll also pass through a woodland ride unappealingly named Leper’s Path and other pastoral land that has been worked for agriculture since the Iron Age and possibly even earlier.

The Romans Walked This Way

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For more information about any of the events listed above; how to get there, how to book tickets and prices, please follow the links in the event name.

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