South Downs

A view over the sloping purple heather at Black Down towards the distant horizon, with tall pine trees to either side.

Wild coast, stunning wildlife, remarkable history - enjoy the top spots in Britain's newest National Park.

Places to visit

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A young girl enjoying the autumn leaves dressed as a witch for Halloween

October half-term and Halloween on the South Downs 

Hallowe’en will be in full swing at our special places in the South Downs this October half-term with the spooky science laboratory at Petworth, plus plenty of autumn leaves to crunch through at Slindon and Uppark.

Enjoying autumn on the South Downs

Dog walking on a lead

Taking the lead on the South Downs

The South Downs are a great place to walk your dog, so there's always somewhere near to you where you can enjoy this rich countryside throughout the year.

Deer days out

A dormouse found on a survey at Swan Barn Farm

Autumn wildlife on the South Downs 

Autumn is a wonderful time to discover the abundance of wildlife that can be found across the South Downs. From dormice to damsons, sloes to sweet chestnuts, the autumn harvest is there for anyone who cares to take a wander.

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