Health WalksFrom the dramatic landscapes of the South Downs National Park in the South to the gently rolling High Weald in the North there is much to see and explore in the Horsham District with a significant part of the District designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Woodlands are a particular landscape feature, with the extensive St. Leonard's Forest to the east of Horsham reputedly home to an ancient dragon. Two main rivers divide the District, the Arun passing through Horsham, Pulborough and Amberley to the west and the Adur meandering past Henfield and through Bramber to the east. There are footpaths, bridleways alongside both rivers, as well as superb walks around lakes and ponds of the area.

Self Guided Walks

The Visitor Information Centre has put together 14 circular walking routes. A hard copy of the guide is available to purchase for £3.00.

Riverside Walk

Horsham's Riverside Walk is a circular walk of 12.5 miles long which virtually encompasses the town of Horsham using paths alongside various watercourses.

The walk passes through a number of different landscapes including woodland, pastures and farmland. The historical importance of the rivers is also reflected in the sites along the route. These include several mills, the remains of a motte and bailey castle and Leechpool woods.

A free Riverside Walk leaflet is now available from Horsham District Council offices, Horsham Library and Information Point and Horsham's Visitor Information Centre. Alternatively, please download the Riverside Walk brochure below.

Downs Link

The Downs Link is  multi-use path joining the North Downs Way with the South Downs Way and beyond towards the coast at Shoreham.The route follows the 37 mils (59km) course of the old Guildford to Shoreham railway line.

High Weald Landscape Trail

The High Weald Landscape Trail is a 90 mile (145km) way marked route, which crosses the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) between Horsham in the west and Rye in the east.

Serpent Trail

The name of the Serpent Trail reflects the serpentine shape of the route which snakes for 64 miles (108km) through the beautiful heathland landscapes of West Sussex.

South Downs Way

The South Downs Way is a linear walk of 101 miles (160km), which follows the old routes and driveways along the chalk escarpment and ridges of the South Downs.

Sussex Ouse Valley Way

The Sussex Ouse Valley Way is a 42 mile (67km) long distance footpath that follows the course of the river Ouse from its source near Lower Beeding in West Sussex to the sea at Seaford Bay in East Sussex.

Centurion Way Railway Path

The Centurion Way Railway Path is a route between Chichester and West Dean following the line of part of the disused Chichester to Midhurst railway.

West Sussex Literary Trail

 The West Sussex Literary Trail is a linear 55 mile (88km) route links Horsham in the north-east corner of West Sussex, with the cathedral city of Chichester.

Wey South Path

The Wey-South Path is a 36 mile (58km) route through the Surrey hills, the remote areas of the Weald, the lush water meadows of the upper Arun and the high chalkland of the South Downs.