Henfield stands on a sandy ridge in the Sussex Weald - the very name means a homestead on a ridge - with the river Adur running down to Shoreham to the west of the village. The fields adjoining the Adur flood each winter, giving them the name "the Brooks", and consequently the area is agriculturally rich. The nearest village to the west is Ashurst, but there is no roadway across the river to Ashurst except via Upper Beeding to the south or Partridge Green to the north. On the other hand, there are numerous footpaths leading through and out of the village - not only west across the fields to Ashurst, but east down Furners Lane or over the common. The walks wind through commons, fields and woods and across brooks, many of them with views to the South Downs. Many twittens criss-cross the village - far more than many newcomers imagine.