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Plan a Visit

The South Downs National park has something for everyone. Come, stay, explore and enjoy! From renovated shepherd’s caravans to high end B&Bs, Yurts or historic pubs, the Responsible Travel website can help you find accommodation to suit everyone. You will find farmer’s markets and local produce including local beers and sparkling wine to rival Champagne!

The 15 UK National Parks have a national partnership with Sykes Holiday Cottages, who are encouraging everyone to discover their ideal National Park break. What’s more, your booking will help support our vital work.

Why not relax, enjoy the journey and leave the car at home. The South Downs has great rail and bus links and you can be here in only 60–90 minutes from London.

We look forward to your visit – please become a champion for the South Downs by remembering this is a working living landscape. Help our wildlife, farmers, rangers and volunteers by leaving gates as you find them, taking any rubbish home and following the countryside code.

Take the Lead

This is dogwalker’s paradise, with 3,300km of rights of way to explore. For a safe and fun visit with your dog please remember to keep them on a lead around livestock and wildlife, especially at key times of the year such as Spring when lambing and bird nesting is in full swing. Always bag and bin your dog poo – any public bin will do.
For more information see our Take the Lead campaign pages and watch the cartoons!

Tick advice

Ticks are tiny spider-like creatures found in moist areas of dense vegetation or long grass in woodland, grassland, moorland, heathland and some urban parks and gardens. They can be found throughout the year, but are most active between spring and autumn. They feed on the blood of birds and mammals, including humans.

Some ticks carry the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease, an infection that can spread to humans if bitten by infected ticks. Cases of Lyme disease are rare but, if left untreated, you could develop severe symptoms. Lyme disease is treatable if caught early, so it’s important to know the symptoms and look out for them.

Find out more with NHS advice on ticks and Lyme disease