The South-East of England is the most densely populated area in the UK. Made up by the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Kent, Isle of Wight, Surrey, Oxfordshire, East and West Sussex.
The Downs are a horseshoe-shaped range of chalk hills running through Kent and Sussex. The South Downs reaching the sea near Brighton and the North Downs at Dover. In the north west are the Cotswold Hills, while the Chilterns extend from Oxfordshire across Buckinghamshire into Hertfordshire.
The University town of Oxford is the largest city in the region with the cathedral cities of Canterbury, Winchester and Chichester attracting many tourists each year. Reading and Windsor in Berkshire are also important centres.
The M25, the motorway which rings London is ringed by the M25 motorway, which in turn is linked by motorways to the Channel ports of Dover as well as Southhampton and Portsmouth . The busiest is Dover carrying both passengers and freight to and from Europe. Whilst Folkestone’s Channel Tunnel connects England to France and mainland Europe.
Heathrow Airport is situated just outside and to the west of London. It is Europe’s busiest passenger airport handling the most international passenger traffic in the world. Gatwick near Crawley is also on the outskirts of London and is the UK’s second busiest airport.
The most popular coastal resorts in the region include Margate, Worthing, Brighton and Eastbourne.