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South Downs National Park
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South Downs and Seven Sisters Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Brighton
Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Midhurst
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

Turner painted here and h.g. Wells lived here.its like stepping back in time, quite feudal in some ways.

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Reviewed 6 November 2013

The SDNPA staff expect to move from temporary accommodation in Midhurst into their refurbished new HQ in Capron House (North) in circa June 2014. At this point we’ll know just what tourist information they’ll be providing, filling the gap hopefully of the now defunct tourist office run by the Council (CDC).
The South Downs National Park had been in the planning stage for over 60 years before finally coming to fruition last year. Midhurst was chosen as the site of the HQ being centrally placed in the Western half of the park. It has good roads spreading out in all directions and is thus a good place to stay for touring the area. There are three good hotels, several luxury B&B’s a uber-luxury B&B with a banqueting option ideal for wedding parties, and numerous other in-town, country and village B&B’s
Midhurst is very much a ‘wedding town’ with several top venues at The Spread, Walled Garden and Capron House (South). You’ll get used to church bells ringing when you visit the ‘old town’ and stretch limos cruising by. If you’re into traditional English habits like ‘taking tea’ or having a ‘full English breakfast’ there are two tea shops and a deli-café to choose from plus several other cafes including Garton’s in Midhurst Square. Here on a fine day you can sit outside and see the world go by. Life here is a tad slower than in the big cities and locals are friendly and enjoy a chat.
Touring aside, the South Downs National Park is home to educational, life-style and activity holidays/courses of every nature from mysticism to woodcraft. Look up West Dean College and Gardens and The Wealden Open Air Museum. But don’t leave Midhust before you’vee been to Woolbeding Gardens and had a walk in Cowdray Park or on Woolbeding Down. Yes! You’ve guessed; walks and biking are all the rage now – Midhurst has its very own 19 mile Long Distance Path, The Midhurst Way - and with Midurst being ‘dog-friendly’ lots of young families, with grand parents in tow, come here to relax. Strongly recommended!

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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Very peaceful and quiet, stunning views, depends on the weather of course but definitely could spend a day here walking.

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Reviewed 20 August 2013

There should be more well marked pathways and some maps available. I thought Midhurst was the epi centre, but there was little information available. Tragic

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Reviewed 26 July 2013

The South Downs National Park is Britain's newest National Park, straggling Hampshire and Sussex. Though I recommend the whole park area as an attractive area, this review deals only with a particular published cycle route at the west end of the park.
We were a mixed German/English group on a golf/cycling break and picked up the leaflet for this cycle route (published bySouth Downs National Park Authority) from our hotel. We were a 'mature' group of people with our own hybrid bikes and regular cyclists. The full route is 20 miles but we only did part of it (pub to pub). In retrospect the route is probably aimed at adults on mountain bikes (though the leaflet doesn't say this we should have noticed that the illustrations were of mountain bikes) but in the good weather conditions we experienced even the few off road sections were manageable. A few hills were quite tough, but also just manageable.
Mostly we were on small country lanes which were great (good surface, views, tree overhung lanes ...) but very narrow and not entirely free from cars. For this reason I think the route is not suitable for children or tentative cyclists.
Overall a great experience made by the countryside and the English country pubs (and of course the company).
I have not recommended a length of visit; to do it all is given as 4 hours, but it is fairly easy to break off bits. Though the leaflet has instructions and a map I recommend taking a large scale walking map to cross-check when there is ambiguity.

1  Thank David E
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