From rolling hills to bustling market towns the South Downs National Park is the newest of the UK’s fifteen National Parks and officially came into being on 31 March 2010.
In 2016 the National Park was granted International Dark Sky Reserve status, making it one of the best places in the country to view the night sky. Today, it is one of only sixteen such Reserves in the world.
The South Downs National Park stretches for 87 miles (140 km) across southern England from St Catherine’s Hill, near Winchester in Hampshire in the west, to Beachy Head, near Eastbourne in East Sussex in the east, excluding large urban areas.
Areas included within the park are The Meon Valley, The Itchen Valley and The Western Weald.
THE WESTERN WEALD
The Western Weald is an area of undulating countryside in Hampshire and West Sussex within the national park containing a mixture of woodland and heathland areas.
It lies to the south of the towns of Bordon, Haslemere and Rake and to the west of the town of Pulborough. It includes the towns of Liss and Petersfield on its western boundary and the towns of Midhurst and Petworth to the south including the reputed ‘golden triangle’ of Lickfold, Lodsworth and Luggershall.
Rail services to London Waterloo are from Petersfield and Haslemere.
Road Infrastructures: A3 from Petersfield to London via Guildford and South to the M27. A272 linking Petersfield to Winchester and major towns across the region.
There is also a myriad of activities to become a part of, such as the cultural events of Petworth Festival and Chichester Festival theatre, and the beautiful stately homes of West Dean College, and Uppark House to name a few. The area is also home to the famous Goodwood and Cowdray Estates with their polo, motorsport, and horseracing. There is excellent sailing at Itchenor, Hayling Island, Emsworth, and Bosham, and walking on the South Downs Way.
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