The UK’s newest National Park will be four-years-old on April 1 and the South Downs Society is celebrating with free special walks throughout the region.
Robert Self, a society spokesperson, said, “For more than 60 years, campaigners worked for the South Downs to be recognised as a National Park.
“Its outstanding landscape and network of historic pathways finally received the protection they deserved in 2010 and we will be celebrating this fourth anniversary by enjoying the stunning spring scenery on three superb walks.”
Peter Taylor will start the first anniversary walk on Saturday March 29 at 10am.
The four-and-a half-mile walk will take in the Seven Sisters, Friston Church and the Smugglers route back.
There will be hills, stiles and it will be fairly muddy in places.
Lunch will be at the Tiger Inn, East Dean and returning to the meeting point of Birling Gap CP (OS Explorer map reference 123/555959) at 1pm.
Other walks are on April 1, either from Stoughton (six miles) or the Sussex Border Path, near Pyecombe, (11 miles) or April 10 from Buriton Pond (17 miles).
The National Park was created on 1 April 2010, and the National Park Authority took up its full powers as planning and access authority on 1 April 2011.
The Society has praised the National Park Authority for its work, by acting to protect and enhance the precious landscape of the South Downs.
Everyone is invited to join in on the celebratory walks, all of which are free.
Walkers are advised by the society to bring a drink and a bite to eat, a sunhat or waterproof – depending on the Great British weather of the day – and to wear sturdy shoes.
More information about any of the walks can be obtained from the South Downs Society on 01798 875073.
See the website at www.southdownssociety.org.uk