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The South Downs National Park is the newest area in Britain to obtain National Park status, and it is popular with walkers and cyclists. However, for an area so close to London and other major population centres, it is surprisingly easy to find your own slice of countryside, particularly in the West Sussex section of the park around the medieval market town of Midhurst.

Walks in the area take in ancient woodland, open heathland, views across the South Downs and many quintessential English villages.