What better way to offset the overindulgence of Christmas Day than to head out on a Boxing Day walk?

After a cosy, and possibly chaotic, day at home celebrating Christmas with the family, getting out in the open air, stretching your legs, and taking in the beautiful scenery Sussex has to offer is, for many, the perfect follow up.

If you don’t get into the outdoors too often, or you’re getting bored of your usual green spaces, there are a plethora of locations to discover in and around beautiful Brighton – here are our suggestions.

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Boxing Day walks in Brighton and Sussex

The Argus: Devil's Dyke in the South Downs National Park. Picture: PADevil's Dyke in the South Downs National Park. Picture: PA

Stanmer Park
Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RE

Just a 20-minute drive from Brighton, the Stanmer Park nature reserve is registered as a Park and Garden of Special Historic Interest.

Home to the Grade I listed Stanmer House and 25 further Grade II listed buildings and structures, the eighteenth-century gardens are the perfect place for a Boxing Day stroll.

Devil’s Dyke
Devil's Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 8YJ

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Devil's Dyke was a major tourist attraction. Today it is most popular among walkers, hang gliders and model aircraft enthusiasts.

Part of the Beeding Hill to Newtimber Hill Site of Special Scientific Interest, the striking dry valley with a 100m V-shape on the South Downs, is managed by the National Trust.

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Mill Hill Local Nature Reserve
Mill Hill, Shoreham-by-sea BN43 5TH

Mill Hill is a rare and diverse habitat, important for its chalk grassland.

Covering 33 acres, you don't need to tackle the entire area on Boxing Day but taking in just some of the scenery will certainly blow away the cobwebs.

Handcross, Haywards Heath RH17 6EB

A National Trust property, they describe it as "a garden for all seasons, with rare and unusual plant collections, set around a romantic house and partial ruins".

Visit on Boxing Day and you will be treated to a winter’s structural form, with pockets of perfumed daphne throughout the garden.

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Coney Wood
Mill Road, Brighton BN1 8ZF

If you have a four-legged friend joining you on your Boxing Day jaunt, this is an ideal spot to head to.

Coney Wood is a popular dog-walking area. Covering a fairly steep hillside it offers views across the South Downs.