The South Downs

The South Downs National Park is one of fifteen in the UK. Stretching across the south of England, it covers part of the counties of Sussex and Hampshire. With its long distance paths, cycle routes and rare wildlife, it’s a real haven for outdoor enthusiasts.  Enjoy rolling farmland, ancient woodland and lowland heaths, flourishing vineyards, quaint villages and traditional country pubs.

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Steyning Bowl

Walking Locally in the South Downs

Steyning is at the foot of the South Downs. Footpaths leading to the National Park are just a few minutes walk from Rosebud Cottage.

You can visit the nearby Steyning BowlChanctonbury Ring, which has stunning views, and the Iron Age hill fort at Cissbury Ring. You could also try a gentle stroll through the Adur Valley.

The long distance footpaths – the South Downs Way and the Downs Link Path, which joins the North and South Downs, are both within a mile of the cottage.

Books, leaflets and local maps will help you plan where you would like to walk.

The Seven Sisters

seven sisters view sussexTravel further afield – along the Sussex coast – and you’ll reach the stunning chalk cliffs, known as the Seven Sisters. These are not the white cliffs of Dover which are further to the east!

I particularly recommend the 8 mile walk along the South Downs Way from Eastbourne to Cuckmere Haven. You follow the hilly cliff path with lovely views of the sea. There’s a cafe at Birling Gap where you can stop for refreshments and a cafe and car park at Exceat.

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Other Activities

You might like to try horse riding on the Downs: Nearby Happy Valley Riding School at Slonk Hill Farm, Shoreham offers ‘horse riding for the whole family’. Lessons cost from £17 for a group lesson. Hacks cost £27 for one hour. Read more about the riding school

Golf enthusiasts are catered for as well. Past guests have recommended the Singing Hills Golf Club at Muddleswood Road, Albourne, West Sussex, BN6 9EB. Tel: 01273 835353

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Even paragliding lessons are available locally for the more adventurous! Airsports Paragliding school is uses a private site just outside Steyning which is recognised as one of the best all-round training sites in the UK.  BHPA licensed and established in 1992, they run courses from Beginners to Club Pilot throughout the year.

Read about some of my favourite places to see and things to do in my Sussex Guide

For more ideas and information about annual events check out my Local Blog