South Downs :: Shared Description

The South Downs is one of the four areas of chalk downland in southern England. They extend from the eastern side of Hampshire through Sussex, culminating in the cliffs at Beachy Head.
The South Downs is England's newest National Park, its designation taking effect on March 31, 2010. There are many Sites of Special Scientific Interest within the park.
The area is relatively unpopulated, although along its southern periphery there is an almost uninterrupted ribbon of seaside towns. It is extremely popular with walkers, having one principal long distance footpath, the South Downs Way, and many interconnecting ones. There are three principal gaps in the upland through which rivers flow; and there are also many dry valleys along its length.
The South Downs have a long history; there are archaeological remains from Neolithic times. Until the middle of the 20th century, sheep-rearing was the main occupation of those living on the Downs.

At 886ft, Butser Hill is the highest point of the South Downs.

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TQ2913 : Bridleway near Pyecombe by Malc McDonald
TQ3710 : South Downs at Balmer Down by Oast House Archive
TQ4005 : White Lane by Oast House Archive
TQ0108 : Arundel Park by N Chadwick
TQ3905 : Whiteway Bottom by N Chadwick
TQ2711 : Saddlescombe, near Brighton by Malc McDonald
TQ3906 : The South Downs escarpment by N Chadwick
TQ3412 : Rolling chalk scenery by N Chadwick
TQ3213 : Gate on the South Downs, near Ditchling Beacon by Malc McDonald
SU6520 : Looking east near Teglease Down by Christopher Hilton
TQ3710 : Sheep at Balmer Down by Oast House Archive
TV5896 : Bullock Down, Sussex by PAUL FARMER
TQ3013 : Clayton windmills, "Jack and Jill" by Christopher Hilton
TQ3906 : Cattle grazing on the South Downs by N Chadwick
TQ5701 : Footpath across the South Downs by N Chadwick
TQ5702 : Eastbourne Downland by PAUL FARMER
TQ3112 : Footpath on the South Downs near Ditchling Down by Malc McDonald
TQ3209 : Sunlight and shadows in woodland near Brighton by Malc McDonald
TQ3807 : Barn on South Downs by Oast House Archive
TQ3710 : South Downs at Balmer Down by Oast House Archive
SU7414 : St Hubert's church, Idsworth by Christopher Hilton
TQ4705 : South Downs Way by Oast House Archive
TQ2812 : South Downs Way near Pyecombe by Malc McDonald
TQ5601 : Bridleway Leading to Jevington by PAUL FARMER
TQ1211 : South Downs Way, east of Frieslands by Christopher Hilton

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Created: Sun, 10 Oct 2010, Updated: Mon, 11 Oct 2010

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