The South Downs

Address: The South Downs, Brighton, England

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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.

Value for money

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).

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Sporty types
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Chilling out
  • Nature / wildlife