Receiving official National Park status in 2011, the South Downs is known for its attractive grasslands and striking chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel. Today, you can find an excellent selection of luxury and affordable hotels in its scenic towns and villages, as well as plenty of superb natural and cultural attractions to explore and discover.
Fantastic Walking Routes
Take a relaxing stroll along the meadows one of Britain's most influential novelists, Jane Austen, and explore the Pilgrims' Trail that was once used by large numbers of Pilgrims travelling to Normandy.
Walk along the South Downs Way, which extends for 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne in East Sussex and passes many delightful historic villages. The route includes Chanctonbury Ring, a hill fort that is estimated to date back to the Iron Age and had a temple during the Roman era.
Hotels and Things to Do and See in Winchester
Visit Winchester, an ancient city that was once the capital of England and is still overlooked by a charming medieval castle. It's also known for its spectacular Norman cathedral and is the location of the Royal Green Jackets Museum, where you can where you can learn about British military history. The city has a good selection of hotels catering to different budgets, the majority of which provide Wi-Fi connections in all public areas and rooms.
Petersfield: Festivals and Fun
You could also visit the historic market town of Petersfield, which is well known for The Petersfield Spring Festival, offering a great mix of live music, face painting, a funfair, and many other fun cultural festivities. This town is also home to St. Peter's Church, a quaint medieval structure that is now classified as a Grade I-Listed building.
See this charismatic village's pretty Georgian buildings and visit the Oates Museum where you can learn about the life of Captain Lawrence Oates, an Antarctic explorer. It is also the birthplace of Gilbert White, a parson-naturalist who wrote the seminal 'Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne' in 1789. For pleasant and affordable accommodation nearby, you could book a stay at the Alton House Hotel in Alton, another quintessentially English market town that has been inhabited since the Iron Age.