West Dean's Arboretum

St Roche's Arboretum is a must-see in late spring with an abundant display of rhododendrons and azaleas. The 2.5 mile circuit walk encompasses a fine collection of specimen trees and shrubs and breathtaking views of the Sussex Downs and of the flint house of West Dean College. Whatever the weather if you're after a country walk with stunning vistas then come to West Dean Gardens.

The 49-acre St Roche's Arboretum was started in the 1830s. Edward James kept his golden pheasants in the arboretum and made a significant contribution to its planting. West Dean Gardens hold two National Collections of Liriodendron, (Tulip Tree) and Aesculus (Horse Chestnut Tree) which can be seen throughout the garden and arboretum.

Walks Around the Estate

A good network of public footpaths and bridleways makes it an inviting prospect for those who enjoy exploring on foot and this downloadable booklet contains six walks to give you some ideas. One route is also suitable for exploration by cyclists and horse riders.


Walking to the Arboretum
Gardens visitors walking in to the Arboretum
The 'avenue of redwoods' leading to the entrance of the Arboretum
Snow drops in the grounds of the West Dean Arboretum in winter
Interesting trees with curved branches in the Arboretum
Old trees with bent trunks in the Arboretum
Trees and gate in the Arboretum
Gardens visitors walking through the Arboretum
Bluebells in the grounds of the Arboretum
A sheep in the grounds of the Arboretum
Trees with sunlight shining though in the Arboretum
The main tracking leading visitors in to the Arboretum
Autumn colours on the track to the Arboretum
Conifer trees in the Arboretum in winter
Edward James Grave Stone in the Arboretum
Golden Autumn trees in the Arboretum
Follow the orange posts leading the way through the Arboretum
Walk through the Arboretum and see the variety of trees, many hundred of years old
Enjoy walking through the shade on a sunny day
The view looking down on West Dean College
The final field on the walk back from the Arboretum

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