Five Fab Picnic Spots in West Sussex

To celebrate National Picnic Week we’re sharing our favourite picnic spots here in Sussex! We’ve visited so many fantastic places that it’s been difficult to narrow our list down, but we eventually settled on a top ten!

 

This is Part 1 of 2 posts and in this part we share five great spots for a picnic in West Sussex. Part 2 (focusing on East Sussex) will follow shortly, so make sure that you like us on Facebook to avoid missing out!

 

DEVIL'S DYKE

Poynings (Nr. Brighton),

Wow - what a view! Described by John Constable as “the grandest view in the world” you won’t have to walk far from the car park to find an amazing picnic spot to take in the stunning panorama. Combine your picnic with a way-marked walk – choose from 30, 60 or 120 minute walks.

* Pack a picnic blanket

Current COVID-19 restrictions:

* Toilets closed

* Open-top bus (77) from Brighton not operating

 

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BUCHAN COUNTRY PARK

Crawley 

The beautiful lakeside trail (1.3 km) provides lots of shade, even on the hottest of days and is wheel-friendly. There are plenty of great places to stop for a picnic – from picnic tables to fallen trees - all with lovely views across the water. There’s even a dedicated ‘dog dip’ area of the lake, where dogs can cool down. Those looking for a longer walk should follow the red route (2.75 km)

Current COVID-19 restrictions:

* Car park closed at weekends and bank holidays until further notice!

* Toilets and visitor centre also closed

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PETWORTH DEER PARK

Petworth

Not only are you guaranteed to see hundreds of fallow deer at this 700-acre historic park, but there are some beautiful spots for a picnic. Walking along grassy rides, we suggest heading to the Upper Pond area for fine views across to Petworth House

 

* Pack a picnic blanket

Current COVID-19 restrictions:

* Coffee kiosk in the car park may not be operating

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BRAMBER CASTLE

Current COVID-19 restrictions:

* Car park toilets closed

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Bramber (Nr. Steyning)

 

The ruins of this nearly thousand-year old castle are perched high on a hill overlooking the River Adur. Although just one tower wall remains (14 m high!), this is a great place for a picnic, with plenty of green space for children to run around. Information boards provide insight into the history of the site. Combine your picnic with a riverside walk on the nearby ‘access for all’ path.

 

*Pack a picnic blanket

TILGATE PARK

Crawley

This huge park is a hidden oasis of tranquility. Enjoy a picnic on the grass overlooking the lake, followed by a walk or cycle on the lakeside trail.

* Pack a picnic blanket

Current COVID-19 Restrictions:

* The Walled garden, Nature Centre, Playground and Outdoor Gym remain closed.

* Toilets are open!

* One way system in operation

 

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