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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. East Cowes Beach

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    East Cowes

    East Cowes Beach is a quiet shingle and sand beach with fantastic views across West Cowes and its marina, and also out across the Solent.

  2. Great Oak Walks

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    Walking Tour

    Wadhurst

    Great Oak Walks offers scenic self-guided walking holidays, over rolling hills and fields and through ancient woodland and valleys, linking some of the finest castles, houses and gardens in England.

  3. Southwater Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Horsham

    This 90 acre (36 ha) site, created from a former brickworks, has level surfaced paths which provide an easy-going lakeside walk. Offering a selection of outdoor activities including an adventure-style play area.

  4. Wingham Wildlife Park

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Canterbury

    Take a walk on the wild side at Wingham Wildlife Park where you can see more species than any other zoo in Kent!

  5. Mapledurham House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Reading

    An Elizabethan manor house alongside the River Thames, containing paintings, oak staircases, and moulded ceilings. Home to the Blount family for over 500 years.

  6. Brookfield Park

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    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Littlehampton

    A great place to walk, exercise and observe nature through the seasons.

  7. Goodleaf Tree Climbing

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    RYDE

    Enjoy a canopy experience like no other with Goodleaf Tree Climbing 

  8. 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…

  9. Fossil hunting at Bognor Regis Beach

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    Beach

    Aldwick and, Bognor Regis

    London Clay good for fossil hunting, particularly around Bognor Rocks, west of pier and along to Aldwick Rocks

  10. Rochester Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Rochester

    One of the finest keeps in England. Also the tallest, partly built on the Roman city wall. Good views from the battlements over the River Medway.

  11. Dinton Pastures Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Hurst

    A 350-acre site with meadows, fishery, watersports and conservation lakes. Three bird hides, orienteering course, children's play area, cafe.

  12. Freshwater Bay

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    Beach

    Freshwater

    Freshwater Bay is one of the most picturesque beaches in West Wight and lies just to the South of the town of Freshwater.

  13. Combley Roman Villa & Modern Times at Robin Hill

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    NEWPORT

    ROMAN ERA - COMBLEY ROMAN VILLA: The mysteries of our buried roman villa are revealed in this historical exhibition barn at Robin Hill. Combley Roman Villa is a buried farmstead that was originally built after the Roman invasion of Britain in 43AD.…

  14. Camber Sands

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    Beach

    CAMBER

    This stunning stretch of sandy beach is home to the only sand dune system in East Sussex. Camber Sands is the perfect get-away with unspoilt views of sand and sea stretching for miles.

  15. Botany Bay

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    Beach

    Broadstairs

    This hidden gem offers stunning views of white cliffs and beautiful chalk stacks.

  16. Sheldonian Theatre

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    Historic Site

    Oxford

    Secular venue for the principal meetings & public ceremonies of the university.

  17. White Cliffs of Dover

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    Viewpoint

    Dover

    Images and information about the White Cliffs of Dover, one of Britain's most iconic and spectacular natural features. Walks, views and points of interest.

  18. Newlands Corner

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    Forest

    Guildford

    Probably the best views in Surrey can be had from Newlands Corner.

    The woodlands here are mixed, with some deciduous trees like oak and birch, plus evergreen yew. Some of the yew trees are hundreds of years old. The woods shelter roe deer and…

  19. Box Hill

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    Forest

    Tadworth

    Box Hill is well worth a visit with spectacular views, lots of walking opportunities and great places nearby to sample local food & drink.

  20. Newlands Corner

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    Forest

    Guildford

    Newlands Corner is a popular reserve with superb views of the surrounding countryside. There are 103 hectares (255 acres) of open chalk downland and peaceful woodlands to explore.

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