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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. Chislehurst Caves

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    Cave

    Chislehurst

    Your whole family can travel back intime, on an exciting lamp-lit tour of the labyrinth that is Chislehurst Caves.

  3. Ibsley & Rockford Common

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    Natural Feature

    Rockford, Ringwood

    The New Forest commons of Rockford and Ibsley are beautiful areas of wilderness to explore for retreat and adventure. This self-guided trail, starting out at Rockford, takes you through unique landscapes of woodland, heathland, mire and grassland,...

  4. Alice Holt Forest

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    Country / Royal Park

    Farnham

    Once famous for its oak trees which supplied timber for navy ships, Alice Holt is managed by the Forestry Commission and is a centre for a host of exciting outdoor activities in a beautiful woodland setting.

  5. Highdown Gardens

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    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Worthing

    A unique and beautiful garden on downland countryside overlooking the sea. The Chalk Garden is the achievement of Sir Frederick and Lady Stern who worked for 50 years to prove that plants would grow on chalk. Green Flag Award winner.

  6. Wilderness Wood

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    Forest

    Crowborough

    "A hidden treat". A unique 61 acre family-run working woodland, where you can still see traditional coppicing. Fascinating and beautiful at all seasons, with miles of paths and tracks to explore, including springtime bluebell walk.

  7. Haysden Country Park

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    Fishing

    Tonbridge

    Short Description is not available

  8. Warnham Nature Reserve

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    Nature Reserve

    Horsham

    A haven of peace and beauty within a mile of Horsham, this 92 acre site offers a 17 acre millpond, reedbeds and woodlands which are rich in flora, dragonflies and birdlife. Includes a visitor centre, cafe, two bird hides and free parking.

  9. Drovers Estate

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    Natural Feature

    Chichester


    Nestled in undulating hills, step back to a timeless rural life

    Drovers is a hidden estate nestling in the undulating hills and valleys of the South Downs. Here you can step back to a timeless rural life, set amidst shady woodland and rolling...

  10. The Chapel Down Winery

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    Vineyard

    Tenterden

    The best wines in England available in the shop plus excellent local and regional produce. Guided tours during summer, wine tasting and bistro.

  11. Electric Woods at Robin Hill

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    Event Venue

    NEWPORT

    Electric Woods is a series of stunning evening events featuring a spectacle of themed light, colour and sound set in a five acre pocket of ancient woodland at Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens in Newport on the Isle of Wight. As dusk falls, a...

  12. The Coldrum Long Barrow

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    Viewpoint

    Maidstone

    Witness the stunning views from the top of the barrow.

  13. Compton Downs

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    Natural Feature

    Newport


    One of the island's favourite beaches and biggest expanses of open downland

    Compton Bay and Downs are at the the heart of the much loved open landscape of the south west of the Isle of Wight. It has all the elements of a great day out in the...

  14. Lepe Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Beaulieu

    Lepe Country Park, with a mile of beach, pine fringed cliffs and historic D-day remains, has stunning views across the Solent from Hurst Castle to Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower.

  15. Stansted Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Stansted Park is home to stunning weddings, forest walks, afternoon teas and some of the best events in the south! Visit the Mansion for a real sense of a bygone era.

  16. Harting Down

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    Country / Royal Park

    Petersfield


    Dramatic hill-top views and secluded valleys, with abundant wild flowers

    Harting Down nature reserve in West Sussex is one of the largest areas of ancient chalk downland cared for by us. A tapestry of pristine downland blends beautifully with...

  17. Tilgate Park and Nature Centre

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Crawley

    Tilgate Park has so much to offer from stunning lakes, lawns and gardens to miles of woodland and bridleways for long leisurely walks. As well as all this Tilgate Park also boasts some excellent facilities:

  18. Bodiam Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Bodiam, Robertsbridge

    Archetypal 14th century moated castle with ruined interior - a glimpse of medieval splendour.

  19. Farley Mount Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Hursley, Winchester

    A large area of beautiful downland and woodland, including West Wood. The Park is ideal for walking and picnicking, with fine views over central Hampshire, particularly from the interesting monument at Beacon Hill. Several car parks serve the area.

  20. Blackgang Chine

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    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!

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