Holiday Lodges near the South Downs National Park
South Downs National Park was only allocated national park status in 2010. Which is surprising given its natural beauty, number of ancient monuments and that it has the largest number of conservation areas (165) of all the parks. The South Downs stretch over 160km from Hampshire to the Sussex coast in the east.
The South Downs offers spectacular views over Sussex to the North and the Sussex Coast to the South.
The South Downs way
There is plenty to do in the area and many are attracted to the downs for the great walking, cycling and horse riding opportunities along the South Downs Way. Jack and Jill Windmills are along the South Downs way and are well worth a look. One of the windmills is open to the public and gives a unique insight into flour making.
The South Downs National Park is famous for Iron and Bronze Age monuments such as Cissbury Ring and Winchester Hill and these sites are well worth a visit.
What you will find
The south downs are split into 4 areas:
This part of the downs run from Eastbourne in East Sussex to the Arun Valley. You will see a range of wide open landscapes with plenty of arable farms and open down land. There are many cycle paths and walk ways in this area as well as a number of historical sites such as Bronze Age barrow’s and Iron Age fortifications. If you are a keen photographer you will be able to capture spectacular seascapes in locations like Beachy Head as well as beautiful landscapes along the South Downs Way. Photogenic towns such as Lewes will also appeal.
If you are looking to stay in this area a holiday lodge in East Sussex or a Cottage would be a great choice
Central Downs Area
This part of the South Downs runs from the Arun Valley in the East across West Sussex. There are plenty of historic houses in this area including Goodwood, Petworth & Cowdray. You will see much more woodland in this part of the downs.
To stay in this area then lodges in West Sussex or may be a cottage would be an excellent choice
Western Downs Area
Mainly in Hampshire you will see plenty of woodland that is a key feature of the downs. The landscape of the western downs is a contrast to the open downland to the east.
To stay in the area a holiday cottage in Hampshire or a Luxury Lodge is a good solution
The Weald area of the South Downs
There is a long green belt of land that runs across the Wealden areas of West Sussex that contains much agricultural land and woodlands. This part of the park provides a very different feel to the hills with quiet lanes and small settlements and hamlets.