Established in 2009, the South Downs is England’s newest National Park and is a cluster of fantastic market towns, rolling hills and flourishing ancient forests. The South Downs is famous for its traditional villages and thriving towns of Chichester, Midhurst and Winchester – all packed with history, culture and fantastic architecture.

This National Park is also home to the iconic chalky white cliffs of the Seven sisters and the South Downs way - famous among hikers - stretching the entirety if the National Park. When you visit, don't forget the highlights of Arundel castle, the Queen Elizabeth Country Park and the 270 metres high buster hill – which make fantastic key points of these beautiful downs, and also a feature for it being the most visited in England.

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Cycling King Alfred's Way

The King Alfred’s Way is a 350km circular off-road cycling route that will take you back in time. Combining beautiful rural scenery with some of Britain’s most iconic historic sites and four National Trails this ride makes a great bikepacking adventure.

St Catherine's Hill, Winchester

Topped with the remains of an iron-age fort, this short walk just outside Winchester gives great views across the area.

Three of the best cycling routes in the South Downs

Whether you're looking for family friendly rides or challenging endurance rides, there's something for everyone in the stunning South Downs National Park.

Places to Visit in the South Downs

The South Downs National Park is home to four bustling market towns as well as numerous picturesque villages and sleepy hamlets that make great bases for a visit.

Six easy South Downs circular walks

Six easy circular walks to follow if you are visiting the South Downs. All easy to reach by bus or train if you fancy leaving the car behind.

Top five places to stay in the South Downs

The South Downs National Park provides an abundance of rolling hills, busy market communities, attractive wildlife and breath taking views. If you are planning on embarking on a trip to this area, make sure you stay in style with our guide to the top 5 best places to stay.

All about the South Downs Way

Situated between Eastbourne and Winchester, the South Downs Way is a designated National Trail which meanders 101 miles through some of Sussex and Hampshire’s most stunning countryside.

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