From rolling hills to bustling market towns, the South Downs National Park’s landscapes cover 1,600km2 with breath-taking views and hidden gems. Discover the white cliffs of Seven Sisters, rolling farmland, ancient woodland and lowland heaths or enjoy our ‘picture perfect’ villages, traditional country pubs or flourishing vineyards. Let the South Downs National Park subtly seduce you.
The South Downs National Park is England's newest National Park, having become fully operational on 1 April 2011. It stretches for 140 kilometres (87 miles) from Winchester in the west to Eastbourne in the east through the counties of Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex. The national park covers the chalk hills of the South Downs (which on the English Channel coast from the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head) and a substantial part of a separate physiographic region, the western Weald, with its heavily wooded sandstone and clay hills and vales. The South Downs Way spans the entire length of the park and is the only National Trail that lies wholly within a national park.
Map of walking Guides for the South Downs National Park
Towns & Cities
Situated just south of the South Downs National Park Brighton has everything you need from an English sea-side town from miles of beaches to the famous Brighton pier set alongside a vibrant shopping centre. The Lanes offer a labyrinth of small, winding streets and shops, famous for antique jewellery. You will also find the more ‘upmarket’ (expensive) shops selling designer boutique fashion, antiques and homeware.
The perfect English city on the edge of the South Downs National Park, Winchester combines cosmopolitan elegance with rural idyll.
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