The South Downs National Park is the most recent addition to Britain's list of national parks. It covers the area of the South Downs which runs by Hampshire, East Sussex and West Sussex. It wasn't until March, 2010 that the park became formally recognized as a national park.
The park stretches from Winchester, Hampshire in the west to Eastbourne, East Sussex in the east. The coastal towns of Southampton, Portsmouth, Bognor Regis, Chichester and Brighton fall just outside the park boundaries.
Land within the park mainly consists of chalk down land. This is the only park in Britain with such a layout. The park has rolling hills which run down to the symbolic white cliffs of the southern coast of England.
Nearby towns of Brighton, Worthing, Winchester and Seaford allow tourists to visit urban areas whilst also having the opportunity to see the most modern national park in Britain. The location of the park is ideal for those who wish to make trips to both London and even France via the ports of Dover, Folkestone or Portsmouth.
The south east of England is famous for its history with many famous battles including the Battle of Hastings and the Battle of Stamford Bridge taking place in the region. There are a large amount of National Trust buildings and gardens to visit plus a number of seaside resorts for coastal holidays.
South Downs is a perfect destination for all tastes with something for everyone and a wide variety of activities and places of interests to suit all preferences. Its close proximity to the coast as well as the inland ensures there is a balanced mix of coastal scenery and idyllic countryside views. It also allows for visitors to get away from it all but also to be within close range of some great tourist attractions and vibrant urban areas.