"returned from his short walk on the downs"

Ewelme Downs
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeEwelme Downs - Credit: Colin Bates
The downs are an area of chalkland in the south of England, covering about 650 square miles and eroded over time into separate areas. The north and south downs cover an area stretching from Dorset in the south west to Kent in the south east, and include Salisbury Plain and the Savernake Forest. The whole area is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).