The South Downs National Park

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Picture of the South Downs National Park area

The South Downs National Park extends from Winchester to Eastbourne encompassing some 1600 Square Kilometres and including the Queen Elizabeth and Seven Sisters Country Parks.

Explore charming old villages like East Meon and Buriton, and look out for Nature reserves include Ashford Hangers, Beacon Hill and Harting Down, all home to a variety of wild flowers, rare butterflies, birds and other wildlife.

Aren't we Lucky to live near such a Beautiful and nature filled place. There are many set walks and Rambles...or you can follow your own.

Here are a few:

Exton to Winchester (12 miles)

This walk covers the western end of the South Downs Way from the small village of Exton in Hampshire. This walk climbs onto the downs, passing through beautiful open country side to the city of Winchester, the western end of the South Downs Way. While you are there take a look at Winchesters wonderful Cathedral.

Petersfield to Exton (15 miles)

This walk starts from the market town of Petersfield and heads south along the Hangers Way through Buriton, rejoining the South Downs Way at Queen Elizabeth Country Park. The path then passes through the park and under the A3 then climbs to the top of Butser Hill then on to Old Winchester Hill, across the River Meon and into to Exton.

Petersfield to Cocking (13 miles)

This walk begins from Petersfield to the north of the downs, returning to the South Downs Way near Buriton. From here the path follows farm tracks and minor roads for the first few miles then climbs to Harting Down, typical downland overlooking South Harting. The path continues east with excellent views for most of it's length before descending down to the A286 south of Cocking.

Amberley to Cocking (12 miles)

This walk starts from the edge of Amberley, near the working museum and crosses the river Arun before climbing back onto the downs and passing the edge of Coombe Wood to the A29. After the road the path climbs to Westburton Hill and on to Bignor Hill. Soon the path heads through woodland before descending from the downs then turning right into the village of Cocking.


Link:
Main South Downs Web Site

Link: Government South Downs Web Site



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