Top Ten United Kingdom Classic Adventures

Hike the South Downs

Here's a great hike within easy reach of London. Catch a train from Victoria Station to Chichester, in Sussex, then take a 20-minute taxi ride to the village of Cocking, nestled at the foot of the South Downs Way. The first 12 miles of the 240-mile trail through some of Britain's loveliest countryside make a great day hike. On the stretch between Cocking and the stately home of Uppark you'll encounter deer, ancient Neolithic burial mounds, somber forests, and herds of bleating sheep, all straight out of a Thomas Hardy novel. The views north and south over the timeless English countryside are spectacular. It's a comfortable day's walk, and you can return to London that evening. Or, you can stay at the 18th-century Mill House along the trail in South Harting and dine at the White Hart, a traditional inn serving fresh seafood and superb local beers.


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