England’s newest national park, the South Downs, stretches eastwards from Winchester’s St Catherine’s Hill, where an energetic climb is rewarded with a magnificent view of the city. Walkers, cyclists and horse riders can explore 160km of lovely countryside along the South Downs Way, which stretches from Winchester cathedral to the white chalk cliffs of Beachy Head near Eastbourne in East Sussex. Reserves at Old Winchester Hill and Beacon Hill are home to wild flowers and rare butterflies, and offer a tranquil haven for nature-lovers.

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