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.