3 Best Wow Spots In Englands South Downs - The Directory Group

3 best “wow” spots in England’s South Downs

3 best “wow” spots in England’s South Downs

Breathtaking, mysterious, beautiful and inspiring – the South Downs is all these things.

But there are some gems in England’s newest National Park that have an extra sprinkling of spectacular – those kind of “wow” spots capable of leaving a permanent footprint on your bank of feel-good memories.

Kingley Vale, near Chichester, West Sussex

The reserve contains one of the finest yew forests in western Europe, including a grove of ancient trees which are among the oldest living things in Britain. Look out for green woodpeckers hunting for ants on the grassland, as well as red kites and buzzards. There are also butterflies galore, including the beautiful chalkhill blue, holly blue and brimstone. For more information visit www.visitchichester.org/activity/kingley-vale-trail

Stargazing at Butser Hill, near Petersfield, Hampshire

This beautiful location is the highest observing point in Hampshire, with 360-degree views and, on a clear night, you can admire the Milky Way in all its glittering glory. These unspoilt views of the cosmos are a virtue of the National Park’s status as an International Dark Skies Reserve.  The South Downs is one of only 13 such Reserves in the world and is one of the most accessible places to see the stars in all of Britain. For more information see www.southdowns.gov.uk/enjoy/dark-night-skies/

Blackdown Hill, West Sussex

A landscape of wavy hair grass, purple heather and pine trees gives visitors a true sense of “wild”.
As you amble down some of the ancient sunken lanes and drove ways, you can feel a sense of timelessness. Autumn and winter are a great time to visit with the changing colours and crimson sunsets. For the more adventurous why not walk some of the 64-mile long Serpent Trail taking in the rare lowland heath habitat? For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/black-down

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley