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Harting Down


Type:Country / Royal Park

South Harting, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 5PN

Tel: 01730 816638

Harting Down


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 scattered scrub and woodland.

Experience a sense of timelessness where sheep have grazed for thousands of years. When you reach the brow of the hilltops you are greeted by views across the Weald and to the Isle of Wight.

Hear skylarks bursting with song above you and tread on grassland awash with pyramidal orchids and wild herbs. Venture off the South Downs Way into a more secluded valley where you will find species-rich downland turf edged with scrub full of songbirds. It is also home to one of the best juniper sites in the south. Butterflies such as the Grizzled Skipper thrive here. Look out for the exquisite Blue Carpenter Bee and the rare Cheese Snail.

Of historical interest is an Iron Age hill fort and cross-ridge dykes. The remains of a Napoleonic war telegraph station can be found on Beacon Hill, the highest point on Harting Down. In the last ten years we have reintroduced grazing in order to sustain the rich floristic and historical diversity.

Please note payment for parking at Harting Down must be made using the RingGo system. It’s quick and easy to use – either use the RingGo smartphone apps on the site or call ahead from home on 01372 885500. All you need to start is your car’s registration and the Harting Down location number 8508. You will also be asked to key in your credit or debit card number. There’s not need to display a ticket after paying in this way as a record is generated for our car park staff. To pay online and for more information go to Paying prior to arrival cannot guarantee you a parking space. NT members can park for free.


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  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

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