West Sussex is one of the UK’s most diverse counties, spanning the South Downs National Park & down to the coast. It encompasses hills, harbours, farmland and market towns. Whilst travelling around West Sussex you will discover stately homes, breath-taking beaches & many visitor attractions.
Getting there from the capital couldn’t be simpler. There are direct train services from Victoria and London Bridge. There are also good connecting cross-country services and excellent road links. For international visitors London Gatwick Airport is in West Sussex.
You can bring your bike on the train, but do be aware that at peak times i.e. between 07:00 and 10:00 and 16:00 and 19:00 Monday to Friday, Southern Rail won’t allow non-folding cycles to be carried on their main routes. For all other trains, regular cycles may be carried, although bike space is limited and cannot be reserved. For more information, visit the Southern Rail website.
West Sussex is the western part of the historic county of Sussex, formerly a medieval kingdom. With an area of 1,991 square kilometres (769 sq mi) and a population of over 800,000, West Sussex is a ceremonial county, with a Lord Lieutenant and a High Sheriff. Chichester in the south-west is the county town and the only city in West Sussex; the largest towns are Crawley, Worthing and Horsham.
West Sussex has a range of scenery, including wealden, downland and coastal. The highest point of the county is Blackdown, at 280 metres (919 ft). It has a number of stately homes including Goodwood, Petworth House and Uppark, and castles such as Arundel Castle and Bramber Castle. Over half the county is protected countryside, offering walking, cycling and other recreational opportunities.