The South Downs is a magical place where rolling patchwork hills meet white coastal cliffs and rare wildlife flourishes amid historical sites. It is a timeless landscape of sweeping rivers, tranquil woodland, golden beaches, idyllic villages and ancient vineyards.
The newest national park in England, the South Downs was awarded the status in 2011 due to it having internationally-important wildlife habitats, many well-preserved historical sites, as well as a diverse, tranquil and unspoiled landscape.
Covering an area of 628 square miles (1,627 square kilometers), it is England’s third largest national park; stretching 87 miles (140 kilometers) west from Eastbourne to Winchester. Close to London, and only a stone’s-throw from Brighton, it is an easily-accessible national park.
This Collection introduces you to the diverse and beautiful landscape of the South Downs. From all-day challenges to leisurely saunters; hill climbs to beach hikes; ancient history to modern chic—there is something for all interests and abilities here.
In these routes you take an exhilarating hike along the chalk cliff-edges of the Seven Sisters; admire extensive views from some of England’s best-preserved Iron Age hillforts; visit internationally-significant nature reserves, home to some of the country’s rarest wildlife; hike along Roman Roads; explore decadent country estates; walk through fairytale woodlands; plus lots more.
A good option to stay when visiting the South Downs is the historic market town of Arundel. Located at the heart of the national park, the picturesque town is steeped in 1,000 years of history and boats myriad independent shops, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, a thriving events calendar, and has lots of accommodation options.
Arundel Railway Station is well-served by trains from around the country and offers direct services to London. There are good bus links around the national park from Arundel, too.
For information about the South Downs National Park, visit: southdowns.gov.uk.
For information about Arundel, visit: arundel.org.uk.
For train tickets and timetables, visit: thetrainline.com.
Along the 100 miles of the South Downs Way, you explore some of England's most-treasured countryside between Winchester, the country's first capital, and the white cliffs of Eastbourne.
This challenging …
Cissbury Ring and Chanctonbury Ring are two of the best-preserved Iron Age hillforts in the country. This route takes you to both, via some glorious countryside.
From the car park, …
Get recommendations on the best single tracks, peaks, & plenty of other exciting outdoor places.
The abundant wildlife, exceptional beauty and ancient history you experience on this route make it a real South Downs classic.
From the car park, cross the road and join the …
This hike takes you high above the rolling patchwork pastures of the South Downs and explores the ancient history that is hidden within the landscape.
Due to the challenging terrain …
The history of Arundel Castle stretches back nearly 1,000 years. Built by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel, in 1068, the castle is alive with tales of the past.
This challenging circuit really gets to the heart of the South Downs National Park.
Taking you through rolling countryside, along the edge of the glorious Seven Sisters cliffs, beside the …
The Slindon Estate is a wildlife and history-rich tapestry where serene woodland, sleepy villages, patchwork pastures and gently-rolling downland combine.
This routes explores estate, which is owned by the National …