One of the largest remaining areas of unimproved chalk grassland in Norfolk. It lies within the Norfolk Coast Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is well-known for its attractive landscape and wonderful views.
Ringstead Downs supports a diverse range of species including a number of locally important and locally scarce species. Nineteen species of butterfly have been recorded at Ringstead since 1960, including the chalkhill blue. The diversity of species present and its uniqueness in Norfolk make Ringstead Downs a valuable area for wildlife.
Open Access, but walkers must keep dogs on a short lead March-July to avoid disturbance to ground-nesting birds. Outside this period walkers are requested to keep dogs under tight control or on a lead to avoid disturbance to livestock.