The South Downs

The national park runs across the counties of Sussex and Hampshire. Its landscapes cover 1,600 square kilometres of incredible views and hidden gems. There is a wonderful tapestry of wildlife, landscapes, tranquility and visitor attractions. Enjoy rolling farmland, ancient woodland and lowland heaths, flourishing vineyards, quaint villages and traditional country pubs.

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Walking in the South Downs from Steyning

Footpaths leading to the National Park are just a few minutes walk from Rosebud Cottage. Visit the nearby Steyning Bowl (in the photo above) mysterious Chanctonbury Ring, the Iron Age hill fort at Cissbury Ring, or try a gentle stroll through the Adur Valley. The long distance footpath – the South Downs Way is less than a mile away. You’ll find maps, leaflets and books with suggested routes.

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Venture further afield – along the Sussex coast – and you’ll reach the stunning chalk cliffs, known as the Seven Sisters (in the photo above). I particularly recommend the walk from Eastbourne to Cuckmere Haven.


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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.

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