The outstanding local countryside to the north of West Lavant Barns offers opportunities for walking, cycling, horse-riding and golf. Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve is almost on the doorstep and contains one of the finest yew forests in western Europe. There is also easy access to the Centurion Way which is a path for cyclists and pedestrians running for approximately 5.2 miles between Chichester and West Dean along a section of the disused Chichester to Midhurst railway line. To the south lies Chichester Harbour which offers some of the best sailing on the south coast.
Chichester itself is steeped in history and has a varied and fascinating past with many historical buildings and places of interest including the internationally renowned Festival Theatre and the cutting edge Pallant House Gallery. The city centre offers a wide range of shops, boutiques and restaurants.