long man's walking guide to Sussex

A Compendium of Sussex Walks

Highdown Trail

Highdown Hill

Highdown Trail: History, Myth and Beauty (PDF, Worthing Heritage Trails)

  • short 2km walk on the Downs north of Ferring on the edge of Worthing
  • Highdown Tea Rooms and Highdown Gardens on route
  • The Highdown pub with an attractive garden
  • Note the Highdown Pub and Tea Rooms currently being refurbished – pub due to reopen, 26 Feb 2019)
  • mainly grass, occasional flint and chalk footpath. Moderate climb to the summit and hard going for wheelchair users and pushchairs

trainbuscup of tea

A short but interesting walk up to Highdown Hill’s fine views. Although a relatively small hill, its unique position as the only hill on the Sussex coastal plain gives it commanding views along the coast, from Beachy Head in the east, to the Isle of Wight in the west. It is said to be the traditional burial place of the kings of Sussex, and the remains of a Saxon cemetery as well as a Roman bath house have been found on the hill.

Highdown Gardens contain a collection of rare plants and trees, collectively deemed a National Collection. The gardens, set in a former chalk pit, is owned and maintained by Worthing Borough Council with admission being free.


  1. The hotel, restaurant and tea rooms are currently closed so no food available, there are toilets available by the garden though.

    • sussexlongman

      January 31, 2019 at 9:35 am

      Thanks for the update, looks like the hotel and the tea rooms are currently being refurbished and will be reopening on 26th February.

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