The South Downs National Park is England’s newest National Park. It covers an area of 1,627 square kilometres (628 sq mi) and is 140 kilometres (87 mi) in length. It may be new – it was officially opened in 2011 – but it has been an an area of natural outstanding beauty for centuries. It stretches from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex and it skirts the edge of the city of Brighton & Hove where I grew up.

I have many happy memories of visiting some of the nearby parts of the South Downs – like the Devil’s Dyke.

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Devil’s Dyke nr Brighton photo: Wikipedia

One of my favourite bits of this vast area of outstanding beauty is the Seven Sisters, a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel.

The Seven Sisters

This beautiful area is part of the Seven Sister’s Country Park, a popular place for outdoor activities that include walking, birdwatching, cycling and canoeing. Over the years, I have spent many enjoyable hours walking in this part of East Sussex and, when I was younger, I walked most of the South Downs Way with some of my brothers – albeit in separate stretches.
On my recent visit to the UK, I did a short walk in this area with my brother Mike. We started at Friston and walked in the Crowlink area of the park which is owned by the National Trust.

view towards Birling Gap

chewing the cud in the South Downs National Park


towards the village of East Dean

East Dean

After a pleasant stroll across the Downland we reached the picturesque village of East Dean and made our way to the Tiger Inn. The day has started a tad cloudy but now the sun had come out and we sat in the warm sunshine drinking excellent local beer.

East Dean Village Green – view from the Tiger Inn
Later we took a different route through Crowlink…
...and arrived back at Friston.
Friston church
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Robert Bovington
October 2012

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”