The Parish is located on the border of Hampshire and West Sussex, just off the A3(M), and partially within the South Downs National Park (SNDP). The main village of Rowlands Castle has a primary school, a surgery and adjoining pharmacy, a café, a variety of shops and pubs, and a railway station on the main London-Portsmouth train line. There are many local organisations contributing to a thriving sense of community in the Parish, which consists of around 2,300 registered electors. An plan of the Parish, including the SDNP boundary, is available here.
Though the castle after which it’s reputedly named has long since gone, there is plenty to do around Rowlands Castle. There are a variety of walking and cycle routes incorporating the many rights of way which weave through the area, including the long-distance routes of the Shipwright’s, Staunton and Monarch Ways.
You could investigate the Parish’s connections with the Crusades and medieval times, smugglers’ haunts and Jane Austen, or visit nearby Stansted House and its Estate. Then relax in one of the local pubs or cafes overlooking the village green, allegedly the largest in Hampshire.