The South Downs

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The South Downs, Brighton, East Sussex

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expert-rated things to do in Brighton
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Sporty types, Chilling out, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation

Best for Escapists - Expert review of The South Downs

Britain’s newest national park is a wonderful retreat for walkers, riders and mountain bikers.

The soft green curves of the South Downs are alluring at any time of year. In cold weather, bracing sea breezes keep the air clear and fresh, while on warm summer days these chalklands are dazzling, with chaffinches trilling in the woodlands and butterflies flitting over the wildflowers. Easy to reach from Brighton by train, bus, car or bike, they’re a great place to go for some healthy exercise with the promise of lunch or a traditional tea in a pretty Downland village such as Ditchling or Alfriston.

Expert tips: 
A handy way to get to the South Downs is to take the no 77 bus from the city centre or Brighton Station to Devil’s Dyke (Apr-Sep: daily; Oct-Mar: Sat-Sun only; £5 return).

More information on The South Downs:

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National park / nature reserve
The South Downs, Brighton, East Sussex
Months open:
All year round

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