Iconic Sussex view of South Downs to feature on first UK postage stamp of 2021

A well loved view of the Sussex South Downs will be featured as Royal Mail release its first national postage stamps of 2021 to celebrate the country’s national parks.

The First Class stamp depicts the row of coastguard cottages above Cuckmere Haven with the view of the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs looking toward Eastbourne.

The view has featured in several movies, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Atonement.

The South Downs National Park is the UK’s youngest, created in 2010. As well as incorporating the rolling chalk hills and white coastal cliffs of the South Downs themselves, it includes the wooded patchwork of the western Weald. Lying between London and the south coast.

National Parks South Downs stamp SUS-211101-094620001

It is also the easiest National Park to explore by public transport; the whole South Downs Way can be split into sections and accessed by bus and train.

Other national parks featured on the stamps are the Peak District’ The Lake District, Snowdonia, Dartmoor, the North York Moors, The Broads, the New Forest, the Pembrokeshire Coast and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

The National Parks were created as the outcome of decades of public effort to open up the countryside to ordinary people. 2021 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the UK’s first four National Parks: the Peak District, the Lake District, Dartmoor and Snowdonia. The National Parks are seen as the nation’s ‘breathing spaces’, free for everyone to enjoy regardless of age, background or income.

The first to be created was the Peak District in 1951.

For more than 50 years Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme has commemorated anniversaries and celebrated events relevant to UK heritage and life. Today, there are an estimated 2.5 million stamp collectors and gift givers in the UK and millions worldwide. Her Majesty The Queen approves all UK stamp designs before they are issued.