Explore the South Downs

The UK is home to many diverse landscapes and The South Downs certainly falls into that category.

Home to green rolling pastures, wide open spaces, ancient woodlands, river valleys and dramatic coastlines, this truly is a place that appeals to everyone!

The good news is that our Holiday Park near Chichester is just a short drive from this region of outstanding natural beauty.

But what should you visit in this vast region? We’ve put together some of our favourite things to do in the South Downs…

Lace up those walking boots!

This region is made for walkers! There’s over 3,000km of footpaths and bridleways to explore. In fact, there’s more routes in the South Downs than in any other National Park in the UK.

One of our favourite walking routes is the South Downs Way, which spans 160km. It follows the old routes and droveways along the chalk escarpment and ridges of the South Downs. The undulating route provides a wonderful trip for long distance riders as well as walkers.


Explore on 2 wheels… or 4 legs

Explore on 2 wheels… or 4 legs

Whether it’s on your bike or with a four-legged companion, the South Downs has something for every kind of cyclist and rider to enjoy.

For bikers, there’s the South Downs Way (which is fully traversable by bike) as well as the old railway trails including the Downs Link, Meon Valley Trail and Centurion Way.

You could ride along the ridge to reach Ditchling Beacon and enjoy the view or cycle along the Hampshire Hangers and single track mountain bike trails at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

For horse riders, there are 1200km of bridleways spreading through the National Park for riders to enjoy – everything from a gentle trot along a country track to a hack up to the top of the Downs. Up there you’ll find the most celebrated of our routes – the 160km long South Downs Way.

Enjoy a unique experience

Enjoy a unique experience

National Park Experiences is a curated collection that brings the stories of our National Parks to life.

Each experience offers an authentic insight into the landscape and special qualities of a National Park. In the South Downs, bookable experiences include ‘bait to plate’ cookery experience, paddle boarding, nature walks, foraging and picnics.


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