The South Downs National Park is England's newest National Park. It covers an area of 1,627 square kilometres (628 sq mi) and is 140 kilometres (87 mi) in length. It may be new - it was officially opened in 2011 - but it has been an an area of natural outstanding beauty for centuries. It stretches from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex and it skirts the edge of the city of Brighton & Hove where I grew up.
I have many happy memories of visiting some of the nearby parts of the South Downs - like the Devil's Dyke.
|Devil's Dyke nr Brighton photo: Wikipedia|
|The Seven Sisters|
This beautiful area is part of the Seven Sister's Country Park, a popular place for outdoor activities that include walking, birdwatching, cycling and canoeing. Over the years, I have spent many enjoyable hours walking in this part of East Sussex and, when I was younger, I walked most of the South Downs Way with some of my brothers - albeit in separate stretches.
On my recent visit to the UK, I did a short walk in this area with my brother Mike. We started at Friston and walked in the Crowlink area of the park which is owned by the National Trust.
|view towards Birling Gap|
chewing the cud in the South Downs National Park
towards the village of East Dean
|East Dean Village Green - view from the Tiger Inn|
Later we took a different route through Crowlink...
...and arrived back at Friston.
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