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“Very beautiful”

South Downs National Park
Ranked #3 of 9 things to do in Midhurst
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florakaty
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134 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Very beautiful”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

There should be more well marked pathways and some maps available. I thought Midhurst was the epi centre, but there was little information available. Tragic

Visited August 2013
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Hurst Green, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
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“Cycle ride around Bishop's Waltham”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

The South Downs National Park is Britain's newest National Park, straggling Hampshire and Sussex. Though I recommend the whole park area as an attractive area, this review deals only with a particular published cycle route at the west end of the park.
We were a mixed German/English group on a golf/cycling break and picked up the leaflet for this cycle route (published bySouth Downs National Park Authority) from our hotel. We were a 'mature' group of people with our own hybrid bikes and regular cyclists. The full route is 20 miles but we only did part of it (pub to pub). In retrospect the route is probably aimed at adults on mountain bikes (though the leaflet doesn't say this we should have noticed that the illustrations were of mountain bikes) but in the good weather conditions we experienced even the few off road sections were manageable. A few hills were quite tough, but also just manageable.
Mostly we were on small country lanes which were great (good surface, views, tree overhung lanes ...) but very narrow and not entirely free from cars. For this reason I think the route is not suitable for children or tentative cyclists.
Overall a great experience made by the countryside and the English country pubs (and of course the company).
I have not recommended a length of visit; to do it all is given as 4 hours, but it is fairly easy to break off bits. Though the leaflet has instructions and a map I recommend taking a large scale walking map to cross-check when there is ambiguity.

Visited July 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic countryside and wildlife around the Norfolk Estate near Arundel”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

The South Downs National Park is a vast area, this review focuses on the part east of the River Arun to the A24 Worthing to Arundel road.

There are numerous access points to this area of the Downs. This is one of the gems. The area is full of skylarks, corn buntings, yellowhammers, grey partridges, red kites, buzzards and the occasional lapwing.

Arm yourself with an OS map and get off the South Downs Way and explore the valleys to the south. There is a great patchwork of mixed farmland managed in an environmentally sensitive manner.

Visited May 2013
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