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There are two National Parks in South East England with the New Forest in Hampshire and South Downs, which stretches from Winchester to Eastbourne.

Both have an excellent selection of walking and cycling routes. Look out for ponies, horses, cows and even pigs roaming free in the New Forest while the South Downs has a selection of stunning viewpoints including Devil's Dyke, Ditchling Beacon and Beachy Head.

Other stretches of beautiful countryside in South East England include:

  • The Cotswolds, Oxfordshire
  • North Wessex Downs AONB, Berkshire
  • Chiltern Hills AONB, Buckinghamshire
  • High Weald AONB, Sussex
  • Kent Downs AONB
  • Surrey Hills AONB
  • Chichester Harbour AONB, Sussex

A review of the countryside in South East England wouldn’t be complete without reference to leafy Surrey near London. Newlands Corner, Box Hill and Leith Hill offer outstanding viewpoints around Guildford while Hatchlands Park and the Wey and Arun Canal Trust offer different countryside perspectives.

Half the Isle of Wight is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, making it an ideal escape to the country. A varied terrain includes dramatic coastline with heritage status, nature reserves, woodlands, chalk hills and stunning views that'll test the memory of any Smartphone camera.

Highdown Gardens in Worthing, created out of a chalk pit over-looking the Downs, are a beautiful collection of unusual plants and trees including the National Plant Collection of the Plant Introductions of Sir Fredrick Stern. A visit to Worthing's countryside isn't complete without a trip to Cissbury Ring, the largest hill fort in Sussex and history dating back 5,000 years.

The rural geography of South East England makes for ideal star gazing spots to wonder in the night sky. Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire is one such location, but anywhere away from the lights of urban centres is a great place to start.

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  1. British Airways i360

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    Sightseeing

    Brighton

    Take to the skies to see Brighton and the South Coast as you have never seen them before!

  2. West Wittering Beach

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    Beach

    Chichester

    West Wittering is situated on the western coast of the Selsey Peninsula and has a large expanse of firm sand, ideal for children to play and safe for bathing.

  3. Portchester Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Portchester

    A Roman-Saxon shore fort with Norman additions. A near-perfect keep and Norman church within the walls.

  4. West Bay Beach

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    Beach

    Westgate-on-Sea

    A completely tidal bay, with a long stretch of sand when the tide is out.

  5. Limpsfield Common

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    Natural Feature

    Oxted

    Ancient common on the Greensand Ridge where time comes home to sleep
    Limpsfield Common was used by commoners for grazing their animals and collecting stone and firewood. Now, with its extensive network of footpaths and bridleways through patches of...

  6. Blackgang Chine

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    Type:

    Adventure Park / Playground

    Ventnor


    Overlooking the South coast of the Isle of Wight, Blackgang Chine offers an experience like no other. Filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, magical theme worlds and exciting rides, you'll find adventures around every corner!

  7. Holmwood Common

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    Type:

    Natural Feature

    Dorking


    Ancient common once owned by King Harold and William the Conqueror

    Holmwood Common is at the heart of the local community and is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by all. It’s just off the A24 (south of Dorking), so why not break a car...

  8. What's on this week at Bodiam Castle?

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    Castle / Fort

    Bodiam, Robertsbridge

    One of the most famous and evocative castles in Britain, Bodiam was built in 1385, as both a defence and a comfortable home.

  9. Capstone Farm Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Gillingham

    Capstone Farm Country Park is one of Medway's finest green spaces, offering wonderful opportunities for walking, running, cycling and more in 114 hectares of former farmland on the North Downs.

  10. Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

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    Forest

    GOUDHURST

    Bedgebury offers a world-class conifer collection and the best mountain-biking, cycling, riding, walking and active play facilities in SE England.

  11. Seven Sisters Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Seaford

    Situated in the Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Seven Sisters Country Park comprises 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland.

  12. Stone Bay

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    Beach

    Broadstairs

    A beautiful bay with scope for rock pooling.

  13. Ditchling Beacon

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    Picnic Site

    Dichling


    Panoramic views from the top of world

    Ditchling Beacon is located 7 miles to the north of Brighton and just south of the village of Ditchling. At 248 metres above sea-level, Ditchling Beacon is the highest point in East Sussex and offers...

  14. Arundel Wetland Centre

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    Nature Reserve

    ARUNDEL

    A stunning nature reserve with guided boat trips through reedbeds, secluded spots to watch wildlife and a collection wildfowl from around the world.

  15. Ventnor Downs

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    Enviromental Attraction

    Ventnor


    The Ventnor Downs rise steeply above the Victorian seaside town of Ventnor. With the sparkling sea below and the Holm oak trees which have colonised the south-facing chalk slopes, there is almost a Mediterranean flavour to the landscape. On top of...

  16. The Coldrum Long Barrow

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    Viewpoint

    Maidstone

    Witness the stunning views from the top of the barrow.

  17. Watlington Hill

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    Nature Trail / Watching

    Watlington

    Discover an Oxfordshire dreamscape as you walk to the top of Watlington Hill, where you will find breathtaking views and fine wildlife all year round.

  18. Dumpton Gap

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    Beach

    Broadstairs

    Dumpton Gap offers one of the best low tide walking routes to Ramsgate during low tide.

  19. Maidenhead Commons and Cock Marsh

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    Natural Feature

    Maidenhead


    An historic landscape full of natural beauty

    For many years the commons have been at the heart of the local community. At over 874 acres, the wide variety of landscapes offers the perfect escape to the country.

    From the Thames riverbank to...

  20. Ide Hill

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    Natural Feature

    Sevenoaks


    A great place for a picnic. Enjoy impressive views of The Weald

    Ide Hill is 33.5 acres of semi-natural woodland that lies on the side of the Greensand Ridge. The area is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its abundant...