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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. Stockbridge Down Wildlife and History Walk

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    Nature Trail / Watching

    Stockbridge

    Explore this isolated island of characteristic chalk downland set in a sea of intensively farmed land.

  3. Emmetts Garden

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    Garden

    Sevenoaks

    This peaceful garden, at one of the highest spots in Kent, is noted for its rare trees and shrubs.  Emmetts offers beautiful colour throughout the seasons as well as spectacular views.  18 acres of grounds and woodland to visit.
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  4. Manor Farm (Farm and Museum)

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    Farm

    Southampton

    Traditional Hampshire farmstead - range of buildings, farm animals, machinery and equipment, pre-1950's farmhouse and 13thC church set for 1900 - living history site.

  5. Staunton Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Havant

    Discover tropical glasshouses, gardens, friendly farm animals and 1000 acres of parkland with follies. Walks and cycle trails, all in Sir George Staunton's 19thC Regency landscape.

  6. Louisa Bay

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    Beach

    Broadstairs

    A small popular tucked away bay that is great for rock pooling with a promenade café

  7. Frensham Little Pond

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    Historic Site

    Farnham


    Bishops fish pond amidst stunning heathland and abundant wildlife

    Frensham Little Pond and Great Pond were originally created in the 13th century, to supply fish to the Bishop of Winchester and his court, whilst visiting Farnham Castle. Today...

  8. Walpole Bay

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    Beach

    Margate

    Walpole Bay is ideal for investigating fascinating rock and tidal pools.

  9. The Vyne

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    Castles & Stately Homes

    Basingstoke

    he Vyne is a warm red-bricked Tudor mansion built in the 16th century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain, which later passed into the hands of the Chute family, who cared for the house and estate for over 300 years. It was remodelled to...

  10. Ightham Mote

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    Historic House / Palace

    Sevenoaks


    Built nearly 700 years ago, Ightham Mote has been described as ‘one of the most beautiful and interesting English country houses’.

    The house has seen many changes – having been owned by medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high-society...

  11. Bodiam Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Bodiam, Robertsbridge

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. St Helens Duver and Priory Woods

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    Natural Feature

    St Helens


    St Helens Duver is a lovely place to relax or gently wander. There are sandy beaches, rock pools, sand dunes and coastal woods all within a small area. There is easy access from the car park onto the Duver, with its short turf and gently...

  15. Worthing Pier

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    Beach

    Worthing

    The Pier offers plenty of opportunity to stop and watch the world go by and enjoy all that the seaside has to offer.

  16. 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...

  17. Bognor Regis East Beach

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    Beach

    Bognor Regis


    Bognor Regis East Beach is the most popular beach in Bognor Regis due to its close proximity to the town centre as well as the Foreshore Office and the food and drink stands on the promenade.

  18. Royal Victoria Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Southampton

    Once the site of one of the largest Victorian military hospitals, view images & information about Royal Victoria Country Park, set in 200-acres of parkland

  19. Ludshott Commons

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    Natural Feature

    Hindhead

    One of the largest remaining areas of heathland in East Hampshire


    Ludshott Common covers 285 ha (705 acres) and is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Protection Area (SPA) because of its wildlife.

    For...

  20. Joss Bay

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    Beach

    Broadstairs

    A surfer’s paradise, this popular 200-metre long bay is known as the best surfing beach in Thanet.

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