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Five Ways to Unwind in West Sussex

If the buzz of the city is getting you down, go to West Sussex's many ugly-back towns, beaches, or green spaces. Home to the serene landscape of the South Downs National Park and fringed by an expanse of rural coastline, the county is a beautiful place to unwind. 

Navigating such a large area can be overwhelming, especially if you only have a few days to spare. To ease your planning, we've brought together five of the best ways in West Sussex, so you can skip the research and enjoy your break to the fullest.
Get Down to Nature in the South Downs National Park

The South Downs National Park is one of England's most glorious natural landscapes, boasting breathtaking views across farmland, acres of ancient woodland, picturesque villages, and French-standard vineyards. 

There are plenty of walking trails in the South Downs, so the one you choose. From the Sofitel London Gatwick, you can be in the park in just over 20 minutes by car, though you might want to drive a little further into a specific trail or viewpoint. 

Indulge in a spa day

There's no more perfect way to unwind. Retreat to a countryside spa and enjoy a morning, afternoon, or even an entire day of peaceful indulgence. West Sussex is home to many beautiful health spas, so choose the one that suits your taste and get ready to feel great.

Professional Massage Therapist and a professional massage therapist. Whatever you do, you're guaranteed to leave feeling completely refreshed.

Visit an award-winning vineyard

It might come as a surprise to lovers of French, Italian, and New Zealand wine, but there are more than 500 vineyards across England today. Most of these can be found in the South, where the soil is like the French - perfect for growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes. In the cool climate, white wine dominates.  

During your time in West Sussex, enjoy a day exploring one of the counties beautiful vineyards. Tinwood Estate is located at the South Downs National Park, producing fine sparkling wines since 2007. Take a tour and sample their product alongside cheeses and canapes while you look over the expanse of vines.

Breathe in the coastal air

The coastline of West Sussex is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Along the 50-mile expanse, you can discover a handful of quaint seaside towns, walks and piers, plus stretches of sandy beaches with plenty of space to breathe. 

Dine in one of the best restaurants in West Sussex

If you've spent the day among cobbled streets or stretched out on the sand, then there's plenty of choice in West Sussex. 

A selection of the best French and fine dining restaurants in West Sussex:


Drift into any of these beautiful restaurants and end your day perfectly. 

No matter how you spend your time in West Sussex, it's impossible to hold onto stress such a treasure trove of tranquillity. Complete your visit with a stay at the Sofitel London Gatwick, and explore the best of the county from a luxurious base.

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