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Just check out the pages for [[East Sussex]], [[West Sussex]] and [[Hampshire]], there's always France, from [[Newhaven]]

Revision as of 01:42, 7 December 2007

South Downs is in East Sussex, England

  • An area of chalk upland that stretches from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex. The energetic can walk the entire length using the "South Downs Way".
  • The eastern end finishes at the sea from east of Brighton Marina to Eastbourne. The section of cliffs from Brighton to Seaford is largely built on, although the cliffs west of Newhaven (River Ouse) are noteworty for being overlaid by Tertiary sand.
  • Most famous are the Seven Sisters (Country Park) and Beachy Head, west of Eastbourne.
  • See: the Cuckmere River valley below Alfriston (viewpoint at High And Over); Firle Beacon, Ditchling Beacon, Devil's Dyke and Telscombe village (not to be confused with the nearby coastal Telscombe Cliffs).


The South Downs passes through the counties of East Sussex, West Sussex and Hampshire; there is no great difference between the counties

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East to West:

all the towns above have a shop, public toilets, transport links and some form of life

Other destinations

Just check out the pages for East Sussex, West Sussex and Hampshire, there's always France, from Newhaven



The south Downs are the remnants of the former Wealden Anticline, which stretched across Sussex, The chalk was laided down between 100 and 65 million years ago, on top of the weaker Greensand and Sandstone which makes up much of the Weald, the beds were then folded from 30 to 1 million years ago, the top of the chalk was then eroded, leaving two nearly parallel ridges (which is why 'The Downs' form a long ridge) They are mirrored in the north by the North Downs.


the Downs have undergoing inhabitation since the Bronze age at least, with numerous camps and figures on the hills. there are remains dating from The Bronze Age to the Second World War, the Battle of Lewes was fought on the downs and in the Elizabethan times their height was used for beacons (this is preserved within names, such as Firle Beacon).


The South Downs extend about 70 miles (100 km) through East Sussex, West Sussex, and part of Hampshire. The South Downs Way is a bridleway that follows the South Downs. Towns include Eastbourne with its 164 m high headland Beachy Head, Lewes, Ditchling, Clayton and the nearby Clayton Windmills, Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint and the nearby Wolstonbury Hill, Brighton, Hove, Portslade, Shoreham-by-Sea, Washington, Arundel, and Midhurst.

The Downs are penetrated by several rivers, such as the (from East to West) Cuckmere (its lower reaches form the famous meanders), the Ouse, the Adur, the Arun (passing through Arundel). The Views from the Downs take in some of the most beautiful countryside in the South East of England


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