South Downs National Park

Known as the ‘gateway to England’, this landscape of rolling hills, ancient woodland and picture perfect villages holds the secrets of thousands of years of settlement from prehistory to Caesar’s conquering forces.

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Clues to the people who have lived in and shaped the South Downs can be found everywhere  from Bronze Age burial mounds to Iron Age hill forts, Roman villas, historic stately homes and imposing Norman castles.

Arundel Castle has been home to the Duke of Norfolk, the most senior peer in the realm for over 850 years, while the 1,000-yearold Lewes Castle provides views over this historic market town and the chalk slopes that surround it.

The South Downs has captivated some of Britain’s greatest literary and artistic figures, from Jane Austen, to Rudyard Kipling to the Bloomsbury Group and Virginia Woolf, who said in her diaries “The Downs… too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness, if only they would look.”

Scientists have also been drawn to the area for its extraordinarily rich wildlife. The home of pioneering naturalist Gilbert White can still be visited in Selborne.

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160 kilometres

The length of the South Downs Way National Trail


ENPEC Experiences


ENPEC Accommodation

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The English National Parks Experience Collection Brochure 2019-20

This guide provides you with a source of information on the wide range of contractable experiences and accommodation available in nine of England’s National Parks.

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The South Downs National Park Overview

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Katherine Beer (Sustainable Tourism Lead)

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+44 (0)1730 814810


Southcroft Guest House

Southcroft Guest House

  • Address 15 South Cliff Avenue, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 7AH
  • 6 rooms
  • Open
Sullington Manor Farm

Sullington Manor Farm

  • Address Sullington Manor Farm, Sullington Lane, Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4AE
  • 5 cottages in total rooms
  • Open All year round.
Withyfield Cottage and Withywood Shepherds Hut

Withyfield Cottage and Withywood Shepherds Hut

  • Address Merrion Farm, Bines Green, Partridge Green, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 8EH
  • 3 rooms
  • Open

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National Park Birds of Prey Experience

This is a fun and engaging experience where guests get to handle, feed and fly the vast array of beautiful birds at this falconry business. Mark and Mandy are wonderful hosts who make guests feel at home instantly, the art of falconry is in their


If you’ve ever any questions about the Romans, Kevin who leads the Live like a Roman experience, is the person to ask; he is a wonderful guide and an absolute fountain of knowledge when it comes to the Roman era!

We took some German tour operators to sample this experience and