Just a Short Trip Away
The Holmbush Centre is easy to find just off the A27 and on the outskirts of the Sussex Downs National Park.
The South Downs National Park is England's newest National Park. The park, covering an area of 628 sq miiles in southern England, stretches for 87 miles from Winchester in the west to Eastbourne in the east through the counties of Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex. The national park covers not only the chalk ridge of the South Downs, with its celebrated chalk downland landscape that culminates in the iconic chalky white cliffs of Beachy Head, but also a substantial part of a separate physiographic region, the western Weald, with its heavily wooded sandstone and clay hills and vales. The South Downs Way spans the entire length of the park and is the only National Trail that lies wholly within a national park
There are four river valleys which cut through the Downs: from west to east they are the Rivers Arun, Adur, Ouse and Cuckmere. Chalk acquifers and winterbourne streams supply much of the water required by the surrounding settlements. Dew ponds are a characteristic feature on the hillside: artificial ponds for watering livestock. The South Downs are popular for ramblers with a network of over 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of well-managed, well-signed and easily accessible trails. The principal bridleway, and longest of them at 160km, is the South Downs Way National Trail. The Monarch's Way, having originated at Worcester, crosses the South Downs and ends at Shoreham-by-Sea. There are 9,883 hectares of publicly accessible land to explore. The highest point on the South Downs is Butser Hill, just south of Petersfield, Hampshire. At 270 m (886 ft) high, it qualifies as one of England's Marilyns.