Green rolling pastures, wide open spaces, ancient woodlands, river valleys and dramatic coastline truly encompass the National Park’s ethos of being one of ‘Britain’s Breathing Spaces’. Bustling towns and traditional villages steeped in history and iconic museums offer a multitude of cultural opportunities. Come learn about the father of ecology, Gilbert White, visit where Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group worked and played, or discover where Jane Austen lived and wrote in her last years in her beloved Hampshire.
Covering an area of 1,600 km2, the South Downs National Park offers a landscape as diverse as it is breathtaking. This is truly a place with something for everyone all easily accessible.
With over 3,300km of rights of way, there is so much to do and see from walking, cycling or horse riding across the South Downs, spotting wildlife, visiting one of the many heritage sites to experiencing opera at the world famous Glyndebourne or experiencing world class plays at Chichester Festival Theatre just outside the National Park.
South Downs View
You can find more information about how best to enjoy the South Downs in our annual publication, South Downs View.