The South Downs National Park

Recognised as an area of outstanding beauty, the South Downs is also home to a multitude of vibrant working communities steeped in history and traditional English culture, from the ancient cathedral city of Winchester in the west to the busy market town of Lewes in the east and the majestic chalk cliffs of Beachy Head.

Green pastures, open spaces, river valleys and ancient woodlands enshrine the Park’s ethos of being one of ‘Britain’s Breathing Spaces’. There is much to do and see in the area, from walking, cycling or horse riding across the Downs, to climbing the heights of Beacon Hill and Ditchling Beacon, to exploring wildlife in the wetlands, visiting one of the local heritage sites or experiencing opera at the world famous Glyndebourne.

The South Downs lets you experience some of our finest countryside between Winchester, first capital of England, past Arundel's great castle and on to Beachy Head and Eastbourne to the east. If you love great views, Anglo-Saxon hill-top forts, attractive wildlife, fine pubs and pretty villages, or if you just fancy walking, riding or cycling, then the South Downs National Park awaits you! See the detailed map below of the South Downs National Park with QR Code scanning points indicated. Map too large? Try the smaller version here

The South Downs Way covers Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex in England and offers a real opportunity to escape the hustle of everyday life. Along the 100 mile (160km) National Trail, you can walk through ancient woodlands, carpeted with bluebells, watch roe deer darting through wildflower meadows, witness hares boxing or even spot a red kite hunting above your head. you can walk, cycle or ride along grassy chalk and flint ridges, wander up challenging hills and take in the fantastic views of the south coast cliffs and estuaries.

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