South Downs National Park

The South Downs is the newest member of  the National Park Family, having been established in May 2010. It covers an area of 634 sq miles (1,641 sq km). The “Downs” is a line of hills that run from Winchester in the west to Eastbourne in the east. The eastern half,  from the River Arun to Eastbourne, is mainly hills made of chalk rock and is about 5km (3 miles) wide.

To the west of the Arun, the area is wider and includes not only chalk hills but also part of the Weald made of sandstones and clay. It also includes the famous South Downs Way footpath which runs the 100 miles between Winchester and Eastbourne and makes up one of Englands 14 National Trails.

My National Parks has the largest and most up-to-date listings for the South Downs national park, we have:  Accommodation, tourist information, events, holidays, festivals, hotels, pub guides, and attractions and  We have extensive resources for all activities in the south downs area, inc: mountain biking, water sports, rambling, walking / hiking,  climbing / mountaineering, horse riding, cycling, sailing, and outdoor activity centres.

Also have a look at our South Downs history, geology, geography and weather pages + maps and guides sections.

South Downs Tourist Activities and Attractions: Arts and crafts, food and drink, history and heritage, industrial heritage, museums and exhibitions, parks and gardens, visitor centres, water based attractions, wildlife and nature.

Holidays and Accommodation: Hotels, bed and breakfasts, camping and caravan sites, self catering, hostels,
holiday cottages, holidays, weekend breaks, inns, activity and adventure holidays in the South Downs.

Eating and Drinking in the South Downs: Traditional country pubs and inns, local restaurants, tearooms, coffee shops cafes and local food shops.

South Downs Festivals and Events:  Regular or one off celebrations in the South Downs: Festivals: Beer/Food/Book Arts/Music/Film/Literature. Village fetes, seasonal rural events, country fairs, rural shows, historic re-enactments. Traditional local sports, charity events, novelty activities, runs, races and rides.

South Downs Families and Kids: Child and family friendly activities and attractions, playgrounds and family fun.

Tourist Information Centres in the South Downs: When you are already on the ground and you need to know more drop in
and ask the friendly local experts.

South Downs Outdoor Activity Centres: Activity centres offering multiple and varied adventure activities, inc water sports.

Outdoor Activities Guide: Walking, hiking, mountain biking, waters ports, sailing, horse riding, sailing in the South Downs.

Indoor Leisure Activities in the South Downs: Cinemas, leisure centres and bowling alleys in the South Downs.

South Downs Maps and Guides:  Ordinance Survey OS maps, AA guides, classic South Downs guides, digital map resources.

South Downs Landmarks and Highlights: Well known towns, views, trails, mountains, lakes, waterfalls and walks that make the  South Downs famous.

Transport to the South Downs Getting there: coaches, railways, flights, roads and ferrys.

Transport in and around the South Downs: Getting about once your there; trains, buses, roads, boats, bikes and car parks.

History Geology and Geography: Learn more about the past of the South Downs, how it has been shaped by geo-
logical forces, human behaviour, industrial development, its history as a national park & general facts and figures.

Weather and Climate: History of weather patterns, sunshine, temperature and rainfall averages. Sources for
long and short time South Downs weather forecasts and predictions.