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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. Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

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    Natural Feature

    Eastbourne


    Birling Gap and Crowlink, near Eastbourne in East Sussex, are part of the world famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on the south coast. One minute you can be walking on ancient downland, the…

  2. 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.

  3. Chillerton Down

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    Natural Feature


    An impressive flank of open downland

    Chillerton Down and the land around Gatcombe village is a beautiful area of downland, farmed and wooded valleys hidden away in the middle of the Isle of Wight.

    It is partly owned by the National Trust and…

  4. The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down

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    Natural Feature


    Beautiful open downland,sheer chalk cliffs and dramatic sea views

    Be inspired as Tennyson was
    Tennyson Down is probably one of the most popular places to walk on the Island. You can enjoy it just for the great leg-stretch from Freshwater Bay to…

  5. 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.

  6. Borthwood Copse

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    Natural Feature

    Winford


    Paths wind through ancient oak woodland with sunny glades

    Borthwood Copse is a delightful spot to wander amongst ancient oak and beech trees, sunny glades and chestnut and hazel coppice. You may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a red…

  7. Seagrove Beach

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    Beach

    Seaview

    Seagrove Bay sits between Seaview beach and Priory Bay on the north east coast and boasts some of the largest and most imposing seaside properties on the Isle of Wight. When the tide is out Seagrove Bay has a large expanse of golden sands, making…

  8. Woolbeding Countryside

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    Natural Feature

    Midhurst

    There are some wonderful walks around this secluded part of Sussex. Take a stroll along the River Rother, a ramble in the woods or a stomp across our open heathland. If you're feeling energetic, take in all three and see new vistas and different wild

  9. The Coldrum Long Barrow

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    Viewpoint

    Maidstone

    Witness the stunning views from the top of the barrow.

  10. 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.

  11. Mottisfont Abbey Garden, House and Estate

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    Historic House / Palace

    Romsey

    Stunning pictures of a romantic house & gallery set in beautiful riverside gardens. Find out why it's become one of Hampshire's most gorgeous places to visit

  12. Minnis Bay

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    Beach

    Margate

    A long stretch of sand coupled with ample free parking and children’s outdoor play area near by.

  13. South Downs National Park

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    National Park


    The South Downs, now a newly designated National Park are easily accessible from Worthing.  The South Downs Way runs from Winchester to Eastbourne and can be accessed at several points around Worthing or Adur.

    Discovery ticket:

    The new…

  14. Birling Gap

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    Country / Royal Park

    Seaford

    Situated at the base of the chalk cliffs called the Seven Sisters. Shingle giving way to sand with areas of rock pools. A voluntary marine nature reserve. MCS Recommended, Encams Seaside Award. Sit of special scientific interest (SSSI)

  15. Buriton Literary Walk Inspired by W H Hudson

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    Walking

    Petersfield

    This walk starts in the village of Buriton and explores parts of the South Downs National Park. W H Hudson was an accomplished, self taught field naturalist. His first book was published in 1885 and his twenty-third a year after his death in 1922.…

  16. 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.

  17. Hydon's Ball and Heath

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    Godalming

  18. Shanklin Beach

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    Beach

    Shanklin

    Shanklin Beach is a one of the Isle of Wight’s best known stretches of golden sands, which backs onto a traditional English seafront promenade.

  19. Littlehampton - Coastguard Station Beach

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    Littlehampton

    Littlehampton - Coastguard Station Beach

  20. Ryde Beach

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    Beach

    Ryde

    The beaches at Ryde lie on the north east coast of the Isle of Wight and offer miles and miles of sandy shores.

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