The South Downs National Park (Hampshire area)
We all need space to recharge ourselves. The Hampshire area of the South Downs is ideal for this purpose, characterised by its steep wooded hills and hidden valleys that are home to picture-perfect villages and peaceful market towns.
Nestling beside Winchester, you’ll find great walking, cycling and riding country. Invigorating long-distance trails and circular routes dip and rise through ancient woodlands, and out onto the high ridges of the Downs. Immerse yourself in the past with a visit to the cultural landmarks at Chawton, Steep and Selborne to discover how this landscape helped inspire Jane Austen, Edward Thomas, Flora Twort and Gilbert White.
Plan your trip with the help of the official South Downs National Park Hampshire Area Visitor Guide 2013
And if all this fresh air makes you hungry, Hampshire has an abundance of quality food and places to eat. Just sample our artisan cheeses, preserves and honey at a local delicatessen; try a Hampshire Hog roast at a village fête; or buy a bunch of fresh watercress at a greengrocer or market stall - just yards from the beds where it is grown. And why not indulge yourself with a three course meal at one of our award-winning inns, restaurants and cafés with local beer and wine. Visit the Good Food Hampshire website to find out more about the fine food that’s put the county on the map - you might even be able to pick up a special offer.
If you need somewhere to base yourself during your stay in the Hampshire area of the South Downs National Park, look no further. You can find quality assessed accommodation using our search facility on the right or take a look at our list of places to stay in the South Downs National Park (Hampshire area).
Click on the links below to find out more about these local villages and towns in East Hampshire and the South Downs.
The attractive village of Selborne is famous for its association with the 18th Century literary naturalist Gilbert White.
Set in the glorious countryside of the South Downs, Petersfield is an ancient market town originally built as a Norman 'new town' at the end of the 11th Century.
Hampshire’s friendliest market town, Alton is a delightful and welcoming place and the ideal base for exploring. The surrounding area, home to Jane Austen, is renowned for its tranquil and unspoilt beauty.
Welcome to England as it used to be.