When thinking of a holiday destination, families in the UK often set their sights far afield and miss some of the best that Britain has to offer. One such often neglected destination in the UK is the South Downs, a beautiful swathe of countryside set against the south coast. There are a host of different activities to engage in, whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family-friendly holiday. As such, here are just a few sites that you have to see if you visit the South Downs.
Certainly a must-see for any visitor to the South Downs, the chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters are visible for miles along the southern coastline. The park hosts over 280 hectares of open grassland, river valleys, and forests for any would-be visitor to enjoy. Camping is popular pursuit in the park, and there are a host of activities to participate in, including canoeing, birdwatching, cycling, and hiking.
2) Goodwood Racecourse
At over two hundred years old, Goodwood racecourse is a must-visit for any history lover or motor-racing enthusiast. Goodwood is a popular haunt for many motorsport fanatics during late-July and early-August, when the track hosts five days of race meetings. The track traces along the southern edge of the South Downs, and in the adjacent village of Sutton there are plenty of gastropubs to feed the family.
Running from Winchester to Eastbourne, the South Downs Way stretches for over 100 miles, and is one of the most popular walking routes in the UK. Passing through many market towns and winding alongside the River Adur, there are a number of picturesque locations, such as Ditchling Beacon and Devil’s Dyke, that cannot be missed. There are plenty of great pubs along the way to quench your thirst, and the South Downs Way is suitable for walking, cycling, and horse-riding.
4) Chanctonbury Ring
Situated above the village of Washington, Chanctonbury Ring may just be a circle of beech trees today, but it once was the site of a hill fort that is suspected to date back to the Iron Age. Moreover, the area was used as a religious site during Roman occupation. It is a must-see for any history lover, and legend has it that if you run around the trees in an anti-clockwise direction, you will end up summoning the Devil…
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