West Sussex

Downs Loop

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Overview

Depart historic Midhurst and enjoy the scenery of the South Downs as you head to Petworth House and the Knepp Castle Estate.

Explore Parham House and Amberley Castle and take in the mosaics at Bignor Roman Villa as you head to Goodwood House. Climb to Uppark House for great views before finishing up at Stansted House.

Midhurst

The thriving market town of Midhurst on the River Rother is packed full of history where amongst a large number of buildings you will discover an Iron Age fort, Norman castle and 12th century fortified house. Numerous eateries and a choice of shops give rise to a relaxed atmosphere.

Petworth

The historic town of Petworth is full of independent boutiques, art galleries, numerous antique shops and restaurants. Visit Petworth cottage museum, Petworth Park and Petworth House with its art collection including works by Gainsborough and Rembrandt.

West Grinstead

West Grinstead is home to the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, a Roman Catholic parish church which is an important centre of Catholic pilgrimage. Knepp Castle is nearby – now a modern castellated mansion, the original motte and bailey castle was constructed in the 12th century.

Amberley

Thatched cottage roofs abound in the village of Amberley at the foothills of the South Downs. Check out the Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre – a working museum with narrow gauge railway and bus service and the peace and quiet of Amberley Castle.

Pulborough

Pulborough is set on the River Arun where you can explore the remains of Pulborough Castle. Visit the peace of RPSB Pulborough or make your way to Bignor Roman Villa to see the remains of a large Roman home including stunning mosaic work dating back to 345AD.

Goodwood Motor Circuit

Tour the state apartments and Old House at Goodwood House and enjoy a splendid afternoon tea. Fancy a flutter? - Goodwood is one of the finest racecourses in the country – kick back, enjoy the thrill of race day – hoping yours is a winner!

South Harting

Marvel at the fantastic views to the English Channel from the vantage point of Uppark House and Garden. Relax in the meadow, enjoy a picnic, explore the woodland and then tour the house to take in the collections, servants rooms and grand rooms.

Stansted Park

Enjoy some time at Stansted Park, a splendid Edwardian mansion occupying 1,800 acres of the South Downs National Park. There is plenty to do for all the family – enjoy the walled gardens, tearooms, miniature railway and magnificent maze – don’t get lost!

Overview

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Midhurst

2
6.5 miles

Petworth

3
16.6 miles

West Grinstead

4
12.5 miles

Amberley

5
6.9 miles

Pulborough

6
18.0 miles

Goodwood Motor Circuit

7
10.7 miles

South Harting

8
6.7 miles

Stansted Park

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About the Downs Loop Trail

Distance:78 miles
Cities / Towns:8
Number Of Businesses:2

Leave the village of historic Midhurst and journey through the scenery of the South Downs National Park en route to explore Petworth House before arriving at Knepp Castle Estate.

Enjoy Parham House and then explore the history of Amberley Castle – take some time to tour the museum and may be take a ride on the bus or narrow gauge railway. Drive on to Bignor Roman Villa to see the magnificent mosaics before

motoring through to splendour of Goodwood. Explore Goodwood House and grounds and may be visit the racecourse before climbing up to Uppark House. Finish the tour at Stansted House.

Castle Delight

West Sussex has a number of castles to visit and enjoy. From the now more modern Knepp Castle to the history of Amberley castle and the museum. Explore further afield to find more Sussex castles such as Arundel.

Historic Houses

A trail for houses – take in a variety of historic homes and houses on this tour of Sussex. Explore the grand locations of Petworth, Parham, Uppark and Stansted to soak up the history and enjoy the wonderful gardens.

Downs Scenery

Rolling, rolling, rolling the splendid setting of the South Downs National Park gives the visitor a chance to get out and enjoy the countryside. Whether it is touring by car or getting out and about on foot or by cycle, the Downs gives a great chance to the see the English countryside.

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