Our lovely holiday accommodation is within the South Downs National Park. The UK's newest national park is a vibrant landscape made up of rolling chalk hills rich with wild flower meadows and ancient woodland. There are so many wonderful spots to visit. Here are a few of our favourite places for an easy stroll:
Kingley Vale Nature Reserve
Kingley Vale is known for its ancient yew forest. Some of these amazing trees are over a thousand years old, they twist and turn as they grow creating amazing climbing frames for kids and an atmospheric place for a stroll. The main car park is in West Stoke (5 minutes drive from us). A flat wide treelined footpath will lead you through copses & farmland until you reach the gates of the reserve. There are trail markers to follow once you're inside. Head in and discover the magic of the yew trees. As you leave the yew trees you'll reach the foot of Bow Hill and a steep grass covered slope rising above you. Perfect for picnics and play. If you're feeling energetic head up the path to the top to see panoramic views atop the ancient burial mounds. It's a locals favourite!
Bosham is a beautiful spot to spend a sunny afternoon. There's a car park near the beach. Take a wander around the shore to see wooden sailing boats and wading birds and stunning views at the old village across the water. Head back into the village and sit on the green with an ice cream and soak up the history of the place. Bosham Walk is near the car park with a host of small independent shops and a cafe. Sit on the balcony at the Anchor Bleu pub for a drink and some food to finish off your day. Stay until sunset for captivating views across the harbour.
Take a 10 minute drive out to the picturesque village of Stoughton for a taste of traditional Sussex life. It's nestled into a valley so you may find you have a steep climb ahead but there are also easier routes to follow! Park in the village and walk up behind the church and stroll across the top of the fields in a beautiful wildflower meadow with gorgeous views. Drop down into the village at the far end and treat yourself to a pint in the Hare & Hounds. Alternatively drive through the village to Stoughton Down Carpark and take a stroll into the woodland. You can walk to the top of Kingley Vale from here, but you don't have to there's lots to enjoy on the way.
The Stansted Estate is a 10 minute drive away and a great spot for dog walking. It's mostly flat so it's easy walking and there's lots of space for the kids to run around and play or to have a picnic in the sunshine. We normally drive past Stansted House (on your right) and stop in one of the car parks on the left hand side. Stansted House has a cafe and a farm shop plus a little train ride that's great for younger children.
Pub Walk - The Horse & Groom
Leave the car at Oakwood West and take an easy stroll on footpaths through woodlands to the traditional Horse & Groom pub. There's always lots to see in the woods, from a carpet of bluebells in the Spring, majestic oaks in leaf in summer and moss covered glades that look fit for fairies!