West Sussex is beautiful for woodland walks, coastal walks and hill walks. There are so many walking spots in West Sussex where you can enjoy a few hours in the great British outdoors with (or without) your favourite hound. I’m just sharing a few below that we frequent when we’re visiting the area.
West Wittering Beach
The best beach along the south coast (personal opinion not fact). Wittering is an Area of Outstanding Beauty and protected land. If you want to experience the velvety soft sand and tall beach grass keep walking past the pebbled beach area and venture to East Head tip of the beach. It’s quieter here than the pebble side packed full of beach huts and families laden with buckets and spades. The walk to east head is no more than 20 minutes from the carpark and it’s absolutely worth it. Now social distancing is in place Wittering is pre book online in summer for a space and costs £9 for the day parking. It’s £7 in the winter and requires no pre booking.
Head out of Chichester past the Anglesey Arms and park in the very small carpark on the left on Denge Lane. A small unsuspecting path will take you through an enchanted tree lined archway to open fields. An easy ten minute uphill hike will take you to the breathtaking Halnaker Windmill, which on a clear day has views for miles out to Portsmouth and the ocean.
There are so many different walks you can do within the Goodwood estate. Our favourite walk is within the woods by Selhurst Road Carpark. Park up and wander straight into the woods. There are a number of paths all criss crossing through this area of the forest. Make sure to pin drop the car park so you don’t get lost. A five minute drive from The Fox Goes Free pub, a super cute and cosy pub which does a great Sunday roast and has good dining options for groups under new Covid rules.
If you still fancy a bit of beach (albeit a very small beach) and don’t fancy paying the Wittering car park prices then Chichester Marina has a lovely, short walk through the woods and out to a very quiet beach spot. The walk through the Marina is equally as enjoyable admiring all the magnificent boats, and the cafe is lovely at any time of day for both food and drink. It’s free to park – but gets very busy on the weekends so get there early.