I live in West Sussex and have an office job sitting at a desk and computer screens all week. When it comes to the weekend there is nothing more enjoyable than getting out with the family and getting some exercise and fresh air! I feel very lucky living so close to the South Downs and the amazing countryside surrounding us. I first started walking for fitness as I was very overweight and with the help of walking and diet I have managed to lose over 6 stone in the last 3 years. The more I went out the more I found different types of walks around the area from town and countryside to beach walks all with varying levels of difficulty from flat to almost mountainous!!!

I started using the local walks to train for my first sponsored walk that a very good friend and myself signed up to in 2015 to walk half the Isle of Wight around the costal path (54km!!). We completed this walk in April 2016, raising over £1000 for Cancer Research UK.

I have been past Patching so many times in my life and when we found what sounded like a fantastic 4km walk, it seemed perfect for us and our younger children. It starts and finishes at The Worlds End, a very nice old Sussex longhouse. Leaving the car park we started with a short pavement stretch before turning right onto a public footpath taking us to open fields and some fantastic countryside views. This was followed by nice little forest sections which can be muddy after periods of rain, as we found out! The home straight passes by St John the Divine Church and through Patching village before opening back up to some more countryside footpaths back to The Worlds End. Here you can rehydrate and refuel (as we did) with a vast range of food and drink options!

Download a PDF of this route here.

We've teamed up with iFootpath to create a smart walking guide to lead you around the walk. Simply visit the iFootpath website to print the guide, or if you want the smart experience, get the iFootpath app (available for Android or Apple devices). The App gives you the full guide in the palm of your hand and also includes a live map so you can follow your progress along the route as you walk. Say goodbye to wrong turns.