It’s coming to that time of year where many of us dream about snuggling up by an open fire, as we watch the leaves fall outside.
The beauty of Autumn brings with it a lovely opportunity to explore the great outdoors and, of course, being situated perfectly between the South Downs National Park and the English south coast, the area which surrounds Bognor Regis provides some gorgeous autumnal walks to enjoy.
When you’re in West Sussex for a holiday, as well as enjoying our stunning coastline, it’s vital that you explore some of the wondrous beauty of the South Downs, or the coastal and riverside walks around the nature reserves near Chichester. So, pick a lovely sunny autumn’s day (we have lots in Bognor Regis), get the family together, pull your wellies on, bundle up and away you go!
Here are just a few of our favourite Autumn walks to enjoy:
ARUNDEL CASTLE AND THE ARUN RIVER WALKS
A great autumn walk near to Bognor Regis which includes stunning views, a good dose of history and some great pubs along the way, is the walk from Arundel Castle along the river to the Black Rabbit pub and beyond. Enjoy the sights of lovely Arundel and Arundel Castle, before taking an autumn stroll alongside the River Arun and enjoying a pub lunch before heading back towards the castle. You can find out more about Arundel here.
AMBERLEY AND THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY
If you continue walking close to the River Arun from Arundel, the path will take you through South Stoke and North Stoke and then on towards the historic village of Amberley. Depending on how fit you’re feeling, your walk can continue steeply uphill to the South Downs Way, Amberley Mount and Rackham Hill, for incredible views of the surrounding countryside.
WHITEWAYS, HOUGHTON FOREST
Whiteways Woods comes with a veritable maze of pathways to choose from as you enjoy some lovely wooded areas and a few hills here and there. The children will love exploring the woods which are perfect for making dens and searching for wildlife. If you decide to, you can head on up to Bury Hill and take in some amazing panoramic views of the South Downs.
SLINDON ESTATE AND STANE STREET
Slindon Estate is 3500 acres of Sussex woodland, farmland, downland and pretty villages. There are 25 miles of public footpaths and bridleways as well as over 900 acres of open access woodland. In places, you’ll benefit from some stunning views of the sea and the South Downs. Try the substantial Stane Street Trails if you fancy a challenge. This route, formerly a straight Chichester to London Roman road, takes you through some beautiful forests for some delightful autumn views.
If you want to head slightly further afield, try the following for a lovely day out:
Around half an hour’s drive from Bognor Regis is the lovely National Trust Cissbury Ring, near Findon. Again, you’ll be guaranteed some amazing views of the South Downs and all the wildlife there is to see – including some wild ponies. It’s perfect for lots of outdoor adventures with the family and walks can be as long, or as short, steep or flat, as you would like them to be.
PAGHAM HARBOUR AND SIDLESHAM QUAY
This easy trail is located near Chichester and offers scenic views that make it perfect for hiking, walking and bird watching. Explore the Pagham Harbour local nature reserve and enjoy the views across the vast expanse of tidal salt marsh, mud flats and lagoons which are well renowned for attracting a wide range of birds.
SHORTER PUB WALKS
If you’re not particularly mobile, have small people in your group, or just fancy a short stroll, rather than a hike, there are plenty of short walks to try out too.
For example, as you follow the A27 towards Worthing, you’ll come across the World’s End and Patching Circular Walk – a great path for the whole family, thanks to the gentle gradient throughout. This path leads you through open meadows filled with wildflowers and woodland areas. Stop at the lovely World’s End pub or the Fox Inn in Patching for a bite to eat and refreshments.