A day out in Storrington and West Chiltington

The great hall at Parham House

Situated in the south of Horsham District, Storrington and West Chiltington have historic buildings, beautiful countryside and interesting museums to explore.

Start off in West Chiltington at St Mary's Church. On entering you will see wall paintings in the south aisle, on the arches and the south wall of the nave; painted in the 1100s and 1200s, they show stories from the Bible such as the Nativity. West Chiltington is a charming place to wander, a quintessential peaceful English village.

Journeying south, Storrington is less than three miles away. Visit Storrington Museum to learn about the local area (check the opening hours before you travel), and explore the high street's cafes, tea rooms and boutiques. A must-see just outside Storrington is Parham House and Gardens (pictured), a superb Elizabethan house that is open April to September. The gardens are simply stunning, and well worth a visit on a sunny summer's afternoon.

From Storrington, take the A283 towards Washington and stop at Sullington Manor Farm. Opposite the farm is St Mary's Church Sullington, a beautiful find, tucked away in idyllic countryside. Sullington Manor Farm has a cafe just beside the church in a beautifully renovated 16th-century barn, so stop off for a cuppa and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Further along the A283 towards Washington is Sullington Warren, an area of wild woodland, heathland and grass that's great for exploring and popular place with local walkers. There's a National Trust car park on site in Water Lane.

Worth booking in advance if you're in the area is a trip to East Clayton Farm, just off the Washington roundabout and next to Sullington Warren. Run by the Lorica Trust, all proceeds for the farm's donkey walks and goat walks support the charity's work with people who are moving on from homelessness and young people with additional needs.