walks

Petworth House and Park

The vast late 17th-century mansion Petworth House is set in a beautiful 283-hectare (700-acre) deer park, landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown and immortalised in Turner’s paintings.

Inside, the house contains the National Trust’s finest collection of pictures, with numerous works by Turner, Constable, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake, ancient and Neo-classical sculpture, fine furniture and carvings by Grinling Gibbons.

You can venture behind the scenes and discover secrets from the past at Petworth House. The servants’ quarters contain fascinating kitchens (including a copper batterie de cuisine of more than 1,000 pieces) and other service rooms. On weekdays additional rooms in the house are open by kind permission of Lord and Lady Egremont.

There’s lots of family events on at Petworth House and Park throughout the year. Explore and get closer to nature in the Pleasure Grounds and park; there’s plenty of wildlife to spot and you can enjoy the stunning backdrop of Petworth Park on a lovely family walk. The Park is open from 8am till dusk everyday.

Petworth Park, Lodsworth & Bexleyhill – Parkland, Priory and Pinewoods

This circular walk in West Sussex is a full day’s excursion. It is mostly a level walk but its length makes it fairly strenuous, although the beauty of the landscape will lighten your feet. There are fine views all the way, to the South Downs on the way out and to Black Down and the Greensand hills on the way back. The walk can be divided into two shorter walks of 10 (or 8) and 9 miles. There was some mud when this walk was researched, but that was after weeks of heavy winter rain. Because of the length, comfortable boots are recommended. There are no nettles and the walk should be fine for an athletic dog too.