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Have you recently stopped for a moment to appreciate what you have on your doorstep?  When it comes to walking, Sussex has plenty to offer and I can honestly say there is a walk in Sussex to suit everyone; and I mean everyone...

Born and raised in Yorkshire, I studied in Cambridge and by the age of 22 I made my home in the South East of England. I like to think that this diverse geographical background makes me pretty unbiased in evaluating the pros and cons of England’s green and pleasant land. I don’t have favourite counties; it would be like choosing a favourite child or favourite pet – not the done thing, old chap! What I cannot agree with is the common conceit that the ‘best’ walks are only found in the Lake District, or the Peak District or the Highlands. It simply isn’t true.
Author Claire on the South Downs near Shoreham
When it comes to variety, Sussex has it in spades. The beautiful coastline, the heights of the South Downs plus acres and acres of rolling countryside dotted with villages, rivers, vineyards, castles, abbeys and cathedrals. And yet so many local people haven’t managed to find the time to take it all in. That’s not unusual, you’d be amazed at how many Ascot residents haven’t been to the races, how many Glastonbury residents haven’t been to the festival and how many Blackpool residents haven’t been up the tower. Why not make an effort this year to discover the beauty of Sussex for yourself?

At iFootpath, we take the hard work out of walking. We know that most people don’t have the time or energy to plot out their own routes, research the best areas and find the appropriate footpaths. We also know that walking somewhere new can be daunting.

Many people worry about getting lost, dog walkers worry about enclosed stiles and cattle, parents with young children worry about dangerous roads and want to avoid (or maybe deliberately seek out!) mud. With iFootpath you have all the facts in advance; beautifully written and fully illustrated walking guides with details of what you’ll  encounter along the way, full turn-by-turn directions and some fun facts about the local area too. Best of all, with the iFootpath App you can follow your real-time progress on the live GPS route map – say goodbye to those wrong turns.

On the iFootpath website and App you will find 75 walking guides in Sussex and we’re confident there’s at least one to suit you. Ranging from 2 to 12 miles in length, and covering everything from beach strolls, climbs onto the South Downs, town trails, easy-access routes and woodland adventures, the variety is huge. Why not try one of our West Sussex Weekends routes, tried and tested by visitors and locals and deliberately designed to include some of the best attractions and eateries. If you fancy some long-distance walking, we have helped to create the brand new Sussex Hospices Trail, a 200-mile loop around the whole of Sussex celebrating the work of all local hospice providers; broken down into handy chunks so that you can bite off as little or as much as you can chew.

For something more sedate there are walks from the best pubs or from some of those gorgeous Sussex places; Chichester, Battle, Arundel, Rottingdean, Petworth, Amberley...the list goes on. While you’re walking you will also have chance to visit some of the area’s key attractions like Arundel Castle, Brighton’s i360, Chichester Cathedral and Battle Abbey.

If you still need some persuading, consider this; some of our best loved creative masters were inspired by the Sussex landscapes. Tennyson wrote of the Black Down view, ‘You came and looked and loved the view long known and loved by me, Green Sussex fading into blue with one grey glimpse of sea.’ Kipling wrote Kim and some of the Just So stories while living in Rottingdean and AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh lives in the 100 Aker Wood, actually a part of Ashdown Forest. These are just three of the landscapes that iFootpath walking  guides can help you discover. Surely Milne, Kipling, Tennyson and little old me must be onto something?

Find your ideal Sussex walk

About the Author:
Claire Sharp is the Co-founder of digital walking guides business, iFootpath. Claire is passionate about walking and created iFootpath, along with her husband Richard, to inspire everyone to get out and enjoy the benefits of being active in the outdoors.

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