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“The South Downs - a true wonder and one of my favorite places in the world . . .” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of South Downs National Park

South Downs National Park
Ranked #3 of 9 things to do in Midhurst
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New York City, New York
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“The South Downs - a true wonder and one of my favorite places in the world . . .”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2013

One of my favorite places in the world is the South Downs National Park, which runs 99 miles from Eastbourne to Winchester. I am fortunate enough to have very dear friends who live in Eastbourne, and Midhurst (headquarters for the South Downs National Park) which has given me an incredible opportunity over recent years to explore what I believe to be one of the wonders of the world. It's one of those places that never ceases to amaze me, and where I feel very much alive.

Visited November 2013
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Midhurst, United Kingdom
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202 reviews
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“Most beautiful area in England.all curves like a woman's body”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

Turner painted here and h.g. Wells lived here.its like stepping back in time, quite feudal in some ways.

Visited November 2013
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Henley, United Kingdom
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“Midhurst - South Downs National Park HQ: Start Point for Touring the Area.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

The SDNPA staff expect to move from temporary accommodation in Midhurst into their refurbished new HQ in Capron House (North) in circa June 2014. At this point we’ll know just what tourist information they’ll be providing, filling the gap hopefully of the now defunct tourist office run by the Council (CDC).
The South Downs National Park had been in the planning stage for over 60 years before finally coming to fruition last year. Midhurst was chosen as the site of the HQ being centrally placed in the Western half of the park. It has good roads spreading out in all directions and is thus a good place to stay for touring the area. There are three good hotels, several luxury B&B’s a uber-luxury B&B with a banqueting option ideal for wedding parties, and numerous other in-town, country and village B&B’s
Midhurst is very much a ‘wedding town’ with several top venues at The Spread, Walled Garden and Capron House (South). You’ll get used to church bells ringing when you visit the ‘old town’ and stretch limos cruising by. If you’re into traditional English habits like ‘taking tea’ or having a ‘full English breakfast’ there are two tea shops and a deli-café to choose from plus several other cafes including Garton’s in Midhurst Square. Here on a fine day you can sit outside and see the world go by. Life here is a tad slower than in the big cities and locals are friendly and enjoy a chat.
Touring aside, the South Downs National Park is home to educational, life-style and activity holidays/courses of every nature from mysticism to woodcraft. Look up West Dean College and Gardens and The Wealden Open Air Museum. But don’t leave Midhust before you’vee been to Woolbeding Gardens and had a walk in Cowdray Park or on Woolbeding Down. Yes! You’ve guessed; walks and biking are all the rage now – Midhurst has its very own 19 mile Long Distance Path, The Midhurst Way - and with Midurst being ‘dog-friendly’ lots of young families, with grand parents in tow, come here to relax. Strongly recommended!

Visited November 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

Very peaceful and quiet, stunning views, depends on the weather of course but definitely could spend a day here walking.

Visited June 2013
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florakaty
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“Very beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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