South Downs Visitor information
An Introduction to the South Downs
Part of the South downs have been designated as England's newest National Park and are a range of Chalk hills. The rural area is known for its quaint towns, ancient woodlands and flowing waterways. The South Downs were home to Jane Austen. Lord Tennyson had a second home there also.
Things to do in the South Downs
The South Downs are perfect for hiking, cycling, horse riding and hang gliding over. Visit the historic sites of Arundel Castle, Bignor Roman Villa and Petworth House; as well as exploring the South Downs way, a track used for thousands of years, and Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
Getting to the South Downs
The South Downs are roughly one and a half hours from London. The main roads in the area are the A272, A23, A24 and the A26.
Services run from London to stations in the South Downs in under 2 hours and the towns have regular services.
By Coach and Bus
National Express travel from all over the country to the major towns near the South Downs including Arundel, Brighton and Eastbourne. The local bus operators are Stagecoach and Brighton and Hove.
The nearest airports are Gatwick which is under and hour from the South Downs and Brighton City or Shoreham Airport which is of similar distance.