Highdown Hill and Highdown Gardens
This walk visits Highdown Gardens before climbing Highdown Hill in the South Downs. The walk begins at the car park at Highdown Gardens. Both the gardens and parking are free, though you are free to make a donation if you wish. You can then follow a series of footpaths through the park with its beautiful collection of rare plants and trees. The chalk gardens are situated on Downland countryside with wonderful views towards the sea. Highlights include two pretty ponds with fish, toads and newts, a Himalayan Birch Bark Cherry Avenue, a Rose Garden and a Herb Garden.
After touring the gardens you can then continue your walk to Highdown Hill. The hill stands at 81 metres (266 ft) and is a popular spot for walkers. From the summit there are wonderful views of the coast including the Seven Sisters and the Isle of Wight.
Highdown Hill and Highdown Gardens are located in between Littlehampton and Worthing.
To continue your walking in the area head to Littlehampton where you can pick up a nice riverside footpath along the River Arun. You can follow this all the way to Arundel on the Arundel to Littlehampton River Walk. Here there's the opportunity to explore the fascinating Arundel Castle and Arundel Park.
Highdown Hill and Highdown Gardens PostcodeBN12 6FB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Worthing Walk can be picked up a few miles east of the park. It visits the Iron Age fort at Cissbury Ring before heading across the South Downs to the 11th century ruins of Bramber Castle.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Sussex Walks and South Downs Walks pages.