Category Archives: South Downs

Valiant Valerie

I learnt a great deal about my Rambler friend Valerie Plunkett at her funeral on the South Downs. Continue reading

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Worthing’s well-kept secret

I joined a reunion to celebrate victory in a campaign for access to Worthing’s downland, but the access land is a secret. Continue reading

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Mr Sussex Walker

A tribute to Ben Perkins, Sussex walker and campaigner, who has died. Continue reading

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Happy tenth birthday, South Downs!

Ten years ago today, 1 April 2010, the South Downs National Park came into being.  The campaign for park’s designation was long and bumpy, lasting for decades.  The South Downs was the unfinished business from the 1949 National Parks and … Continue reading

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A magical landscape

Just over ten years ago Hilary Benn signed the confirmation order for the South Downs National Park. Continue reading

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Day on the downs

A six-mile walk across downland on the western edge of the South Downs National Park. Continue reading

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A special day for the South Downs

Twenty years ago today John Prescott announced that the South Downs would be a national park. Continue reading

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A people’s charter

Today is the seventieth anniversary of the second reading of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Bill on 31 March 1949. It was a significant piece of post-war legislation. Continue reading

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Eight years old today

Happy eighth birthday to the South Downs National Park, born on 1 April 2011 as Britain’s newest national park. I was sorry to miss the celebratory event in Midhurst, West Sussex, yesterday.  It was as usual organised by the indefatigable … Continue reading

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On the whale-backed downs

I went to the Ramblers’ Sussex Area AGM and enjoyed a walk on the downs before presenting a well-deserved volunteer award to Chris Smith. Continue reading

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