Henfield is a delightful rural market town with a history dating from 770 AD, situated on a ridge overlooking the River Adur and the South Downs.
Henfield’s rural setting and compactness means an intimate and friendly atmosphere and a strong community spirit. There is a vibrant centre with many points of interest, a wide selection of independent shops, restaurants, pubs and the fascinating Henfield museum.
Its many listed buildings and old streets make Henfield an important conservation area. Venturing away from the High Street, down one of the many ‘twittens’ (narrow cobbled lanes), visitors will find themselves on one of Henfield’s three ancient Commons. The Commons have a fascinating history and today provide beautiful spots for walking, cycling and picnicking. Walk across Henfield Common to Swains farm shop to pick up some local Sussex food and drink for a picnic while watching a cricket match on what is thought to be the country’s oldest cricket ground, dating from 1771.
The Downs Link cycle route runs along the edge of Henfield and it provides a useful base for the South Downs and Woods Mill Nature Reserve making it a great place to stop for walkers, cyclists, families and local history enthusiasts.