Category Archives: South Downs

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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Radical Ramblers on Black Down

Black Down Common in West Sussex is a Marilyn and the trig is the highest point in the South Downs National Park Continue reading

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South Downs celebrations

I spoke at the seventh anniversary event of the South Downs National Park and called for agricultural funding to be directed to public access post-Brexit. Continue reading

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