• Family of teenage chldren and parents sit outside on benches of a traditional Sussex pub

    Traditional English pubs

    After an invigorating walk through the South Downs countryside, you'll enjoy nothing better than a meal at a Sussex village pub.

  • Beautiful view across the South Downs with blue skies and wild flowers

    Walking, cycling and riding

    Feeling adventurous? Then the South Downs Way awaits! The National Trail stretches the entire length of the South Downs National Park.

  • A row of pastel coloured beach huts stretch off into the distance

    Village beaches

    Stay in a peaceful village by the sea yet still just a stone's throw away from the South Downs countryside.

South Downs and villages tourist information

The breathtaking South Downs National Park, a recognised area of outstanding natural beauty, is easily accessible from both Arundel and the nearby village of Amberley. A South Downs holiday is synonymous with great walks, stunning views, attractive wildlife and pretty Sussex villages.

Once on the South Downs, you can explore more than 3,000 kilometres of well-signed, well-managed and easily accessible trails on foot, by bike or on horseback. For the more adventurous, there’s the South Downs Way – a national trail which stretches the entire length of the National Park!
Find out more about The National Park, and where you can pick up leaflets for cycling and walking in the Park and surrounding areas
Venture into the villages and you’ll find fine cottages, churches, tea rooms, craft centres, independent galleries and shops and superb country pubs. Many of them hold traditional village events during summer, including Findon’s famous Sheep Fair which has been going since the 1800s and Slindon Pumpkin Festival. There’s also plenty of quality accommodation in the villages to suit all budgets and tastes.