The Sompting Downs Barn
Estate facility & Environment Education Centre
The Sompting Estate Downs Barn is used for meetings and as a practical base by Estate trustees and staff. We also make it available for hire to organizations promoting environmental education and welfare.
Members of the public can book places on some environment education events, put on by organizations such as Sussex Wildlife Trust. Details can be found on this site's Courses and Events page. If you would like to ask a question, or send feedback, please use the Contact page.
Why the Downs Barn's setting is so special
The Sompting Estate’s downland has some wooded hillsides like those of the western downs, and also bare 'whale-backed' hills like the eastern downs. It has gentle slopes running down towards the sea, and also some steep scarp slopes echoing those on the Wealden edge a little to the north.
The setting of the Downs Barn is an ancient and lovely landscape, and a microcosm of the landscape of the South Downs as a whole. The distant white cliffs of Seaford Head can be seen from the Downs Barn, in the gap between the wooded hills of the Mountain and Lancing Clump. Nearby are Cissbury and Chanctonbury rings, and the Steyning Bowl: from any of these, you can look either north to the blue plain of the Weald, or south to the blue sea.