South Downs National Park is the newest national park in England. It was opened in 2011 and consists of a 140 km stretch that runs through the counties of Hampshire and West and East Sussex. The park is known for it’s unique inhabited landscapes that have been evolving for thousands of years. This landscape diversity provides visitors with the opportunity for exploration and discovery. A must see is the Seven Sister’s Country Park. Other popular spots include the Breaky Bottom Vineyard, Blackberry Wood Campsite, Wildfowl Wetlands Trust, Goodwood Racecourse, South Downs Way, and Winchester.
Seven Sister’s Country Park, which consists of chalk cliffs, river valleys, and grasslands, is the most well known and famous attraction in South Downs. Guests are offered the opportunities to walk, bike, and canoe the area. Camping is also available.
Breaky Bottom Vineyard is the park’s premier vineyard that gives visitors a chance to learn about the wine, landscape, culture, and history of the park’s large wine producing region.
Blackberry Wood Campsite offers 20 tents for visitors to enjoy a camping experience. There are numerous walks around the camping area that provide the opportunity for observing nature and wildlife.
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust has 26 acres that are available for exploration. Boat safaris are a fun way to observe and experience the birds, fish, and animals of the area. There is also a “Pond Explorer Area” for kids.
Goodwood Racecourse is 200 years old and offers thoroughbred flat racing. The most popular event at the course is the Glorious Goodwood, which is a 5 day event starting in late July.
The South Downs Way runs the length of the National Park, but can be experienced in short well marked sections. Walking, biking, and horse riding can all be done on the trail. Views, markets, pubs, and attractions are plentiful.
Winchester offers eating, shopping, and learning opportunities for tired visitors. The Square is a popular retail shopping centre and Hotel du Vin is the nicest in the area.
The numerous amount of possible destinations and activities in South Downs can certainly overwhelm. It’s important to plan in advance before taking a trip to the park.