The area of South Downs in Southern England is dwelling to South Downs Nationwide Park and a few stunning, lush nature that the English countryside typically is famend for.
It’s an space that guests discover is very easy to get round whether or not by automobile or climbing/trekking on foot.
There are such a lot of beautiful vistas all through this space that it’s arduous to resolve what to do and see first.
On one specific journey to the UK, my fiancé James and I have been so fortunate to be hosted by my very shut pal Di and her husband Richard and daughter Grace.
They dwell south of London in shut proximity to the South Downs and have been eager to indicate us this excellent a part of England. They’d a lot native information of the realm and drove us throughout to soak up some key websites that nature lovers shouldn’t miss.
So why is that this space known as South Downs? ‘Downs’ are rounded and grass-covered hills in southern England which can be usually composed of chalk. The title comes from the Previous English dūn (“hill”). … Chalk hills of comparable sort are known as Wolds in Lincolnshire and in Yorkshire.
Under are the principle highlights of our expertise of the South Downs area and the South Downs Nationwide Park that I’d suggest folks discover and see for themselves.
The South Downs area
The South Downs is actually a variety of chalk hills stretching over a distance of round 670 sq. kilometers (or 260 sq. miles). The geographic space right here is characterised by rolling chalk downland with close-cropped turf and valleys and is acknowledged as one of the vital chalk landscapes in England.
The South Downs have been fashioned from a thick band of chalk that was deposited in the course of the Cretaceous Interval round 60 million years in the past inside a shallow sea that unfold throughout nearly all of northwest Europe. The rock formations are composed of the microscopic skeletons of plankton that lived within the sea, therefore its white colour.
This area is bordered to the south by the South Hampshire Lowlands and South Coast Plain and to the north, there may be Hampshire Downs, the Wealden Greensand, the Low Weald, and the Pevensey Ranges (conservation space).
The South Downs is a extremely well-liked leisure vacation spot, significantly for walkers, horse riders, and mountain bikers. Operating by means of the center of this space is the South Downs Approach which is a long-distance footpath and bridleway, following all the size of the chalk ridge from Winchester to Eastbourne, complemented by many interconnecting public footpaths and bridleways.
There are gorgeous, panoramic views to the ocean and throughout the Weald, as you journey the 100-mile size of the South Downs Approach from Winchester to Eastbourne, culminating within the spectacular chalk cliffs at Seven Sisters.
There may be really a lot to see within the South Downs. Nearly all of these sights are featured extraordinarily nicely on their official Go to South Downs web site.
About South Downs Nationwide Park
The South Downs Nationwide Park is England’s latest Nationwide Park formally established on 1 April 2010. Significantly bigger than the South Downs, the Park covers an space of 1,627 sq. kilometers in southern England, stretching from Winchester within the west to Eastbourne within the east by means of the counties of Hampshire, West Sussex, and East Sussex.
The South Downs Nationwide Park is 1 of a complete of 15 Nationwide Parks within the UK.
Some additional attention-grabbing information I discovered by way of westsussex.data embody:
The South Downs Nationwide Park comprises 1,813 km of footpaths and 1,213 km of bridleways. There are round 39 million day guests to the Nationwide Park every year, however there have been just one.2 million in a single day stays by guests to the Park. 5 instances as many guests keep in motels and b and bs outdoors the park in locations like Worthing and Chichester.
The attractive chalk grassland habitats which can be dwelling to a complete host of endangered flowers and butterflies actually are susceptible. 36 p.c of those habitats are smaller than 1 hectare, which means they’re significantly liable to be devastated by adjustments in farming apply.
From what I may see, the English are doing an excellent job in defending their surroundings in addition to offering training to guests in regards to the significance of preserving nature right here.
My high 5 picks round South Downs Nationwide Park
The South Downs Approach
Briefly talked about earlier, the South Downs Approach is a long-distance footpath that runs for round 100 miles (160 km) from Winchester to Eastbourne with a small loop round Eastbourne.
It stretches all the size of the South Downs Nationwide Park.
The trail alongside the rolling chalk downs of Sussex and Hampshire passes by means of the South Downs attracting scores of horse riders and cyclists in addition to ramblers.
The South Downs Approach is one among 15 Nationwide Trails in England and Wales and was the primary bridleway Nationwide Path in England. It is usually the one Nationwide Path to lie fully inside a Nationwide Park.
Tens of millions of individuals journey by means of the South Downs Approach every year by foot, wheel, or hoof as a approach of seeing a lot of the pure magnificence this park holds.
Most individuals take 8 or 9 days to stroll the entire approach at 12 – 15 miles (25km) a day. It’s price contemplating if you’re strolling that the villages the place lodging is are on the foot of the hill so that you’ll must stroll down within the night and up within the morning.
Thankfully, this can be a very manageable path in that the route is simple to observe and the terrain is flat and with a really gradual ascent. You do nonetheless want to have the ability to full an extended day hike comfortably with a day pack (or extra if you’re planning to camp).
We explored the realm by automobile, as we didn’t have the time required to contemplate strolling on that journey. Fortunately each key spot that we needed to go to was simply accessible by highway.
White Horse Hill and the Uffington White Horse
We began our exploration of this space with a go to to White Horse Hill in pursuit of getting up near the well-known Uffington White Horse.
Carved into an Oxfordshire hillside not that removed from Salisbury Plains, the Uffington White Horse is a stylized bronze age carved some 3000 years in the past. It’s 110 meters (360 ft) lengthy, fashioned from deep trenches crammed with crushed white chalk.
There are a variety of well-known white horses within the UK, all carved into the grass of chalk hillsides and a few of these close by embody the Westbury White Horse, Alton Barns White Horse, Cherhill White Horse, Hackpen White Horse, and the Malborough White Horse. Nevertheless, the Uffington White Horse is with out query the oldest by far.
This horse appears to be a type of historic mysteries in that it’s fairly tough to see this from the bottom, because it’s carved close to the flat high of the ridge.
Even when climbing the hill to see it, you actually don’t get an entire view of the carving.
It’s due to this fact finest considered from the air which begs the query as to why this was created this manner.
Under is a YouTube Video exhibiting the Uffington White Horse from an aerial perspective:
The Seven Sisters Nation Park
Seven Sisters Nation Park is kind of a singular space. It includes 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, a meandering river valley, and open chalk grassland. The Seven Sisters are a collection of chalk cliffs by the English Channel. They kind a part of the South Downs in East Sussex, between the cities of Seaford and Eastbourne in southern England. They sit inside the South Downs Nationwide Park which is bounded by the coast, the Cuckmere River, and the A259 highway.
The Seven Sisters Nation Park can also be dwelling to grazing sheep, uncommon flora, and fauna and is a hall for numerous migrating birds.
The river Cuckmere cuts proper by means of the park and guests can observe the adjoining footpath from the Guests Centre to the coast.
Located close to Seaford, East Sussex, the Park is nicely served by buses from Brighton, Seaford, and Eastbourne, making it best for a car-free day trip.
Very like the White Cliffs of Dover, the Seven Sisters cliffs have a straightforward path main throughout the highest of the cliffs, with great views of the English Channel.
Seaford Head is the most effective place to take pleasure in spectacular views of the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Valley. A brief stroll from the automobile park at South Hill Barn takes you to one of the spectacular views of the Seven Sisters, an exquisite undulating line of chalk cliffs.
Seaford Head Native Nature Reserve covers an space from Seaford Head Golf Course eastwards to the Cuckmere Valley and north to Exceat Bridge. Over 50% of the Native Nature Reserve is owned by Seaford City Council and is managed by the Sussex Wildlife Belief. The remaining is owned by the Nationwide Belief and East Sussex County Council.
Mendacity inside the South Downs Nationwide Park it’s a part of the Sussex Heritage Coast and residential to many nationally uncommon and vital species of vegetation, birds, and bugs. Attributable to its excellent organic and geological options, it’s a part of the Seaford Head to Beachy Head Web site of Particular Scientific Curiosity and falls inside the Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone.
It was such a beautiful walkout to Seaford Head to miss the wonderful Seven Sisters Cliffs and inland to the Cuckmere Valley. Cuckmere Valley is thought to be one of the well-liked nature spots in East Sussex and I hope the pictures shared right here will convey why.
Shut by, Friston Forest is a beautiful beech forest and an excellent place to flee to nature. It lies inside the South Downs Nationwide Park and it is without doubt one of the greatest areas of newly established forest in South East England.
Arriving at Satan’s Dyke, sitting on a hill on the high of the South Downs, you can find your self gazing upon an enormous quilt of Sussex fields. On the horizon the place it’s a clear day, you too can make out the Isle of Wight.
The artist John Constable declared this spot ‘the grandest view on this planet’. Huge views over the Sussex Weald guarantee Satan’s Dyke is a well-liked place to stroll, relaxation, and play. Close by, data boards illustrate native landmarks in entrance of the customer’s automobile park and the historic Satan’s Dyke Lodge.
Satan’s Dyke is Britain’s deepest, widest, and longest dry valley. Its good V-shape unfurls beneath for simply over half a mile.
This was the final spot we reached on the finish of an extended day with the solar about to set. It was an exquisite place to mirror on the great thing about the South Downs area and the individuality of this land of chalk hills, beautiful surroundings, and timeless legends.
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