Up the Downs and Down the Ups on the Isle of Wight
This route was added to OS Maps last year by Country Walking magazine. With a free weekend, Jonathan and partner headed off on the ferry to give it a try.
This image by Donna Apsey was taken from the top of Old Winchester Hill, and shows a dramatic cloudscape over the South Downs National Park
The South Downs National Park was created as recently as 2011, and spans the south coast from Winchester in the west to Eastbourne in the east. The rolling chalk downs have many great walks and rides to explore, and the frequent ancient villages (and equally ancient pubs) provide plenty of places to stop along the way.
This photo was taken by Donna Apsey from the top of Old Winchester Hill, around 22km from Winchester itself along the South Downs Way. The top has the remains of an Iron Age hill fort, with the embankments still clearly visible in places, while the whole area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), mainly due to the abundance of rare butterfly species found there. If you would like to see one of your photos featured in a future wallpaper download, you can see the full submission guidelines here.
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