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Getting out and about to exercise is a welcome escape from the four walls at the moment and is proven to improve our health and wellness.  South East of England has a wealth of countryside to get out in and explore, and with lots of space, social distancing is easy. 

South East England has two National Parks covering over 2,193km2 between them.  The New Forest in Hampshire and South Downs, which stretches with rolling hills from Winchester to Eastbourne.

The Countryside Code

We encouage you to enjoy the countryside at every opportunity, it is so good for our well being. However, whilst you are out and about remember to follow the Countryside Code.  RESPECT - PROTECT - ENJOY. This code contains advice for the public and landowners, making it easier for visitors to help respect, protect and enjoy the outdoors. 

Both our national parks have an excellent selection of walking and cycling routes, and their is plenty to keep the children entertained to. Looking out for ponies, horses, cows and even pigs roaming free around the New Forest while the South Downs has a selection of stunning viewpoints including Devils Dyke, White Cliffs of Dover and Beachy Head. 

The South East also benefits from nine areas of outstanding natural beauty.  These areas have been recognised for their exceptional landscape, character and natural beauty, and are prized enough to be protected for all to enjoy. 

  • 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
  • Dorset AONB
  • Isle of Wight AONB

Half the Isle of Wight is a designated 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.

South East England's countryside also includes leafy Surrey near London. Newlands Corner, Box Hill and Leith Hill offer outstanding viewpoints around Guildford while the Wey and Arun Canal Trust offer the chance to discover the countryside from a different perspective.

Highdown Gardens in Worthing, created out of a chalk pit over-looking the Downs, offers a beautiful collection of unusual plants and trees including the National Plant Collection introduced by 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 Test Valley runs from the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty right down to the New Forest National Park in the south, with walkers and cyclists being able to enjoy parts of the 44 mile Test Way, nestling between Winchester, Salisbury and the New Forest

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, along with the South Downs National Park which is the world's newest International Dark Sky Reserve and the Isle of Wight a UNESCO Biosphere reserve, but anywhere away from the lights of urban centres is a great place to start.

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  1. Go Ape at Alice Holt Forest

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    Farnham

    Go Ape is all about getting out in the open, having fun and being more adventurous. You are kitted out with harnesses, pulleys and karabiners, given a 30 minute safety briefing and training and then let loose into the forest canopy, free to swing…

  2. Amazon World Zoo Park & Soft Play

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    NEWCHURCH

    Amazon World Zoo Park is the Isle of Wight's largest exotic animal attraction and also explore Monkey Madness the jungle themed soft play area.

  3. Pitstone Green Museum

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    Museum

    Pitstone

    Major collection of historical farm implements, local rural crafts and domestic bygones housed in Listed farm buildings.

  4. Frimley Lodge Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Camberley

    Frimley Lodge Park is a very attractive venue for everyone looking for quiet recreation or organised activity.

  5. Romantic Days Out in Arundel

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    Historic Site

    Arundel

    If you’re looking for weekends, short breaks or days out, Arundel is perfect for couples - spanning the banks of the beautiful River Arun, the town lies between the magnificent South Downs and the Sussex coastline.

  6. Lightwater Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Lightwater

    The Country Park is predominately heathland habitat, but there are also ponds, woodland, shrubs and lowland bog

  7. Reigate Priory Park

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    Municipal Park

    Reigate

    There is something for everyone at this lovely park in the heart of Reigate.

  8. St Martha's Church

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    Church / Chapel

    Guildford

    A beautiful church on the North Downs Way, it offers great views of the countryside.

  9. Hell Fire Caves

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    Cave

    West Wycombe

    Caves dug into chalk hillside extending to approximately 0.75 mile. Enter through a flint forecourt reminiscent of a Gothic church and explore many chambers.

  10. Mapledurham Watermill

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    Water Mill

    Reading

    The last working corn and grist watermill on the Thames with parts dating from the 15thC. Flour produced is sold in the shop, and the traditional working machinery can be viewed.

  11. Witley Common

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    Picnic Site

    Godalming

    The common is an area of woodland and heathland which was used as an army camp in both world world wars. Witley common is easily accessible with footpaths are clearly marked. This land is managed by the National Trust and is a lovely spot for a pi

  12. Liberty's Owl Raptor & Reptile Centre

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Ringwood

    Liberty's is home to a large collection of birds of prey and reptiles. Observe the birds flying free and reptiles up close in various spectacular displays throughout the day. Kennels for dogs provided free of charge.

  13. Stanmer Park

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    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Brighton

    Situated on the outskirts of the city, Stanmer Park is a perfect example of the vast open countryside available in Brighton. It is perfect for a family picnic or for a kick about with your friends or for a bracing walk over the Downs.

  14. Woburn Safari Park

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    Safari Park

    Milton Keynes

    Woburn Safari Park is an action packed day for all the family. From the Road Safari where you can go round as many times as you like to the Foot Safari where you can mingle with the animals.

  15. Sussex Watersports

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    Water Based Activities

    Goring By Sea, Worthing

    Authorised retailler of major watersport brands, hire of sea kayaks and towable tube rides at Goring

  16. Kent Downs & North Downs Way AONB

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    Nature Reserve

    Maidstone

    The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a nationally important, protected landscape offering, beauty, tranquility, fascinating history, vibrant communities, local produce and many opportunities to explore and enjoy.

  17. Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

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    Nature Reserve

    Oxford

    The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust cares for 80 nature reserves. Thames-side reserves include: Chimney Meadows – wildflowers, birds and butterflies; Iffley Meadows – snake’s head fritillaries; Hartslock – orchids all summer.

  18. Roots Garden Centre

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    Garden Centre

    Thatcham

    Our aim at roots is to provide our customers with a friendly and efficient service at all times. Our highly experienced staff always welcome our customers to come in for ideas and advice.

  19. Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Aylesbury

    Set in the grounds of Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital, is a chance to meet different wildlife and visit the only Hedgehog museum in the UK.

  20. White Horse Wood Country Park

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    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Maidstone

    The White Horse Country Park is set within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The park offers beautiful countryside, local history and panoramic views and hosts the medieval ruins of Thurnham Castle.

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