Discover why the South Downs are so amazing in autumn

Burnished leaves and a distinctive nip in the air mean autumn is approaching. As the temperature falls and the days draw shorter it’s tempting to follow the lead of our furry friends and hibernate, but if you brave the chill, you’ll be rewarded with some of the most glorious hidden gems the South Downs has to offer.

Out and about in the South Downs park

An autumn staycation in the South Downs means long walks in places like the Cuckmere Valley, before heading back to one of our pretty market towns like Petworth or Midhurst to enjoy a well-deserved tipple in front of a crackling fire. To get even further away from the rat race, seek out some of our unique South Downs accommodation such as a cosy shepherd’s hut. Many of these are perfectly placed for making the most of the South Downs national park’s status as a Dark Skies reserve, so they’re the perfect place to snuggle up and hone your stargazing skills.

Cycling in South Downs national park is a dream, with routes to suit everyone. Families will enjoy meandering flat trails like the centurion way or just enjoying the autumn colours of our leafy lanes. If you need something more extreme, head to the South Downs way for some challenging climbs.

The art of great food

South Downs food and drink is famous for its flavour and quality and harvest time sees the start of the Slindon Pumpkin display. This stunning array of vegetable art has been putting the village of Slindon on the map since 1968, drawing visitors from all over the world. With squash themed murals to enjoy as well as plenty of produce to buy for hearty soups and stews, this quirky festival will be a great part of any autumn break in the South Downs. Add this to the abundance of farm shops and top-notch pubs and restaurants and you can see why any autumn break in the South Downs is a food lovers dream.

Whatever type of break you need this autumn, South Downs national park is waiting to be discovered.

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