South Downs National Park in Sussex, UK
Visit the South Downs National Park in Sussex, UK

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Visit the South Downs National Park 

Britain's newest national park, the South Downs, offers dramatic chalk cliffs and undulating coastline, and it all begins in Sussex!

Follow the 90 mile long South Downs Way for an invigorating adventure on foot, bicycle or even horse-back.

Beachy Head

Beachy Head in the South Dows National Park

Britain's highest chalk sea cliff, Beachy Head, marks the start of the South Downs National Park. Visit this iconic landmark in an adventure boat trip to the lighthouse or head to the visitor centre for the opportunity to find out more about the history and geology of the Downs, from ancient burial mounds to mysterious chalk cliff figures. 

 

Seven Sisters Country Park

Seven Sisters Country Park

The undulating cliffs of the Seven Sisters offer challenging walks and breath-taking views opening up into the stunning Cuckmere Valley.  Canoe the Cuckmere River, hire a bike and cycle Friston Forest or take a walk along to the beach for the picture postcard setting featured in the end of the film 'Atonement'. 

 
 
Extreme sports and outdoor pursuits in the South Downs National Park

Adventure on the South Downs

Take to the skies with a paragliding day, or view the unparalelled beauty of the Downs and coast from a scenic flight, there are plenty of breathtaking ways to see the Downs. 

Roll down the hills in a giant inflatable orb, or canoe the Cuckmere River for a fun day out. 

Explore forests and countryside on horseback or hire some bicycles for an active day out for all the family.

 

Drusillas Park in the South Downs National Park

Places to Visit 

Meet the animals and enjoy a fun day out with the kids at Spring Barn Farm or sample the cider collection at Middle Farm.

Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve set in the Arun Valley boasts a great variety of habitats and walking trails, listen out for nightingales and even barn owls at dusk.  

Castle Hill Nature Reserve is a fine chalk grassland famous for its rare early spider orchids and butterflies, and the mysterious Chanctonbury Ring is an iconic site on the chalk ridge, with folklore suggesting it was built by the devil!

A visit to Drusillas Park is a must, this award winning attraction features a zoo, adventure play, interactive maze and Thomas & Friends train rides.  

East Dean

East Dean village in the South Downs National Park

This picturesque village of East Dean has a long history of smugglers and offers an idyllic village green with tea rooms, pub, restaurant and the nearby Seven Sisters Sheep Centre.

 

Alfriston

Alfriston village in the South Downs National Park

The historic Alfriston is the perfect stop off for a Sussex Cream Tea, ancient inns, Dickensian shops and the fascinating Alfriston Clergy House.

 

The Long Man

The Long Man of Wilmington in Sussex

The Long Man of Wilmington sits mysteriously on the edge of the South Downs, and is believed to be an ancient fertility symbol.

 
 

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