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There's something for everyone across the South Downs throughout the year

Festival of Speed

Festival of Speed

The Festival of Speed at Goodwood can justifiably claim to be the world's biggest and most diverse celebration of the history of motorsport and car culture. It's the only occasion where you'll find the greatest competition cars and star drivers from all eras in action, from the 19th century steam cars to the latest in Formula 1.

Cowdray Polo

Cowdray Polo

Cowdray Park is the home of British Polo. It hosts tournaments and fixtures generally from April through to September. It is most famous for hosting the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup in July each year.

The South Downs offer such diversity with open chalk downland in the east and more heavily wooded areas towards the Hampshire borders. The northern slopes have steep escarpments that afford beautiful views across the Sussex Weald while to the south the Downs slope gently towards the Sussex coastal towns and the English Channel.

At their highest the Downs reach 886 feet (270 metres) at Butser Hill, just south of Petersfield. Other vantage points include Harting Down, Chanctonbury Ring, Devil’s Dyke and Ditchling Beacon. Where the Downs meet the sea at Cuckmere Haven the spectacular scenery of the Seven Sisters are formed from the remnants of dry valleys eroded by the sea. 

Although the South Downs Way is the recognised national trail, there are over 2,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways to explore that cross the Downs, many of which link downland villages from north to south.

Take in some of the exciting events that take place across the South Downs. ‘Glorious Goodwood’ in August is possibly the most stunning racecourse location in the country. For motorsport enthusiasts there is the now famous Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival Meeting which offers a magical step back in time. At Glyndebourne there is the opportunity to watch world class opera, while Arundel hosts the renowned festival promoting theatre and music from the grounds of the magnificent Arundel Castle, home to the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk.

Whatever your interest, great views, attractive wildlife, history, fine pubs and pretty downland villages, or a walking challenge - the South Downs awaits you.

Take a look at our self catering holiday accommodation that is within or very close to the South Downs National Park. 

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