The autumn and winter months are always a great opportunity to witness the changing colours of the season and explore some of our beautiful countryside in the process.
Luckily the Horsham District has an abundance of great countryside walks to try, so we've put together a shortlist of five recommended walks for the Winter.
Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods - Horsham
Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods was once named as one of the best travel discoveries of 2O17 by Guardian writers. The woods have a rich variety of habitats with thriving wildlife. Many of the butterflies, birds, reptiles and amphibians often spotted in the woods are very rare.
Parking is free at the two dedicated car parks (Harwood Road and adjacent to the South Holmes Play Area.)
Downs Link - Horsham District
The Downs Link is a 37-mile continuous trail that follows two disused railway lines and runs from Guildford to Shoreham-be-Sea. It is surfaced and relatively flat, making it a great option for families, cyclists, horse-riders and walkers to explore the countryside.
Planning a day trip? We've picked out our perfect pit-stops on the Downs Link, including kids' play areas, historic sights and pubs and cafes.
Chanctonbury Ring and South Downs Way from Washington
This walk is slightly more remote to get to than the others on this list but is definitely is worth it. The start location is a small car park at Washington Bostal, just off the A24.
From the car park, walk around one kilometre up a steep hill and you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views across the South Downs. This route is part of the South Downs Way. Head on towards Chanctonbury Ring and walk around this ancient hill fort, taking in views across Sussex and Surrey on all sides.
Chesworth Farm - Horsham
Just a 10 minute stroll from Horsham town centre, is one of the district’s truly hidden gems.
Covering 90 acres, Chesworth Farm is not only steeped in history, it is a paradise of wild flowers, grass meadows and ancient hedgerows. Dating back to at least 1086, the farm was once home to Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII, but today it is a managed farm alive with nature and popular with walkers, dog lovers, horse riders and cyclists.
Remember to keep an eye out for the resident sheep, goats and llamas that call the farm ‘home’.
Buchan Country Park - Crawley
Buchan Country Park is an award-winning park located just outside the District on Horsham Roadd, Crawley. It spans across 170 acres of countryside and is an ideal place for walking and watching wildlife. The park's well know for it's variety of wildlife and is actually a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest for the variety of dragonfly species that live there.
Like your walks with a touch of history?
Horsham Museum and Art Gallery has partnered with Horsham District Community Partnerships Forum to create 20 heritage trails for Horsham District. Each dedicated to a different area, the trails take in key historical sites and offer a new way to see the District.