Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Contact details

Opening hours

West Harting Down offers 24 hour access, 365 days a year. 

How to find us

How to find us
West Harting Down , Chichester
Sat Nav Postcode: GU31 5RH
OS Grid Ref
SU757173

50.955622261135, -0.91647196197982

Parking and prices

There is no parking available on site. The woodland can be accessed by public footpaths. 

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Contact details

Discover great walks and views at West Harting Down, near Chichester

Located within the South Downs National Park, West Harting down offers a network of paths and trails, making it very popular with dog walkers and horse-riders.  

The higher ground in the north of West Harting Down provides significant views out to the Solent and the Isle of Wight.

At a glance

  • Walking 
  • Horse riding 
  • Dogs welcome 

Things to do

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

West Harting Down has a range of paths that run through the woodland. 

Nearby forests

family enjoying the woodlands

Discover endless family fun in the great outdoors at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

From the top of Butser Hill, the highest point on the South Downs, down to the Visitor Centre with its shop and cafe, the park makes for a great day out.

For further information about current facilities, please visit the Hampshire County Council website 

Woman and dog looking out over field

Forestry update

Over many decades some of the areas of Havant Thicket have been planted with non-native conifer trees to provide timber for the nation. Forestry England’s contractors will be working in the area until 19 February, removing the some of the conifer trees to start the journey of restoring this area to a broadleaf woodland.

Solo mountain biker in a forest

The area on Combe Hill has a dedicated bike park, which is open to mountain bikers, please visit this website for more information and to book in advance.

The woodland offers a network of open paths and countryside views that local people can explore on foot. 

Mixed woodland on a sunny day

Located west of Waterlooville within the stunning South Downs landscape, Creech Wood is home to some impressive conifers as well as a small number of ancient broad-leaved trees. The mixture of old and young trees provides a variety of habitats for wildlife, including patches of heather favoured by butterflies and bees, so bring your binoculars!

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