Welcome to Sussex
Hello! Thanks for popping by. I’m Kathryn, a travel writer, photographer and walking guide from West Sussex. I was born in the seaside town of Bognor Regis and have lived in West Sussex all my life (with the exception of three years away at university in Bristol studying zoology, botany and psychology).
I’ve been exploring the footpaths and lanes of West Sussex for as long as I can remember and started leading walks in the area two years ago. I love sharing the beautiful countryside of the South Downs and the secrets hidden along these sometimes hard to find footpaths.
I’ve researched the area, speaking to locals and local historians to learn more about the layers of history hidden here, reaching back over 500,000 years.
Did you know rhinoceros once roamed here? Join me on my ‘Tree Tunnel & Windmill Walk’ to find out how we know!
My walks range from a one and half hour stroll around two ancient villages to a two and a half hour hike through the woods and over the hills. And I’ve just introduced a new circular walk in Arundel, through the historic streets and up into the parkland and countryside that surrounds this beautiful, ancient town.
As we walk, I’ll tell you about local history and share stories from Sussex folktales and legends, pointing out some of the plants and animals we might see along the way. Exactly what we’ll see depends on the walk you select and the time of year.
In spring, orchids and bluebells grow in the woods and swathes of bright yellow flowers of the oilseed rape cover the hillsides. In summer, these fields may turn red with poppies but it does vary from year to year. Commonly seen butterflies include the bright yellow brimstone butterfly, meadow brown, small tortoiseshell, red admiral and occasionally, blues like the Adonis blue. Buzzards, skylarks and swifts are also common sights and if we’re lucky we might just see some deer. In summer, barley and wheat fields turn golden and camomile grows along some of the paths, followed by rose hips, sloes and blackberries in the hedgerows into autumn.
I can also share tips about the local area, so do let me know if you’re interested in other places that are great for walking or my favourite country pubs and such.
And please do get in touch before you book if you’d like a walk tailored to your interests.