South Downs

County: West Sussex

'Undiscovered' area of pretty scenery, villages and a ginormous castle

Sussex is a pretty county, famous for the South Downs and white cliffs as well as the vibrant seaside town of Brighton. The South Downs are a range of chalk hills extending from Beachy Head to Winchester inĀ  Hampshire and cover an area of around 260 sq miles (670km2 ) and are themselves part of the South Downs National Park.

Partly because towns and sites within Sussex aren't as well known as the likes of Bath, the Cotswolds or Stonehenge, I don't get many requests to visit this part of England, which is a shame because there are some very pretty villages and interesting places to visit. I find it tends to work best from Southampton, with a drive to Winchester and then into the South Downs to the pretty town of Midhurst, visiting Arundel Castle before heading to touch the water's edge at Bosham before returning to Southampton, making a lovely day out.

Alternatively, from Farnborough Station we can do a loop to include Arundel Castle, Salisbury (or Winchester) and Stonehenge in summer months.