The South Downs

Ditchling Beacon

Brighton nestles at the foot of a swathe of ancient chalk hills, softened by time. On top, sheep nibble the grass and butterflies flit over the wildflowers, while down below the valleys are lush and green. Recently made a National Park, the South Downs offer an appealing retreat from the city, with excellent paths for walking, mountain biking and horse riding, and fine views of the surrounding countryside, with the Channel sparkling in the distance. Try the walk up to Ditchling Beacon, a popular local beauty spot and test of cyclists' stamina.

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