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Love the South Downs? Leave the car at home and come explore with the South Downs Society’s Festival of Green Travel Walks.

Brighton & Hove Breeze Bus - Credit Jacquetta FewsterThe South Downs Society invites you to join their guided walks and begin exploring the National Park.  Make a start with their Festival of Green Travel Walks offering eight free walks between 14 and 21 September.  Take the bus or the train and join fellow country lovers for anything from 4 to 16 miles walking.

Jane Major from the South Downs Society says:  “ Without doubt the best way to explore the Downs is on foot.  Just remember to put on suitable footwear and dress for the weather.  Take a snack and some water and arrive at the start point ten minutes before the walk is due to start.  This festival provides something for all levels of walkers, so do join us for any or all of the following.   Our walks leaders are friendly and knowledgeable.  Do come along and enjoy your National Park.”

Saturday 14 September:  1100 – 1530 leaving from the bus stop outside Brighton Rail Station on the 11.12 Breeze Bus 77 to Devils Dyke then on a 6½ mile linear walk along the South Downs Way to Saddlescombe, Pyecombe, the Jack & Jill windmills and Hassocks where you can return to Brighton via train or bus.  Remember to bring a picnic lunch.

Sunday 15 September:  1015 – 1345 for an 8 mile circular walk starting at Clayton windmills car park OS Explorer ref 122/303134 (bus service 769 leaves Brighton Station at 0940 to stop nearby, walk up from the A273.  Return on 40X or 769) and heading south to the Chattri Indian Memorial.  Then along the Sussex Border Path and the South Downs Way back past Pyecombe church to the windmills.

Monday 16 September:  1035 – 1530 a 9½ mile circular walk from Haslemere Railway Station to the highest point in the National Park.  Strolling past Camelsdale, Marley Common, Valewood Farm, Blackdown, Temple of the Winds, the Serpent Trail and High Barn Farm, ascending a total of 1162 feet.  Bring a picnic lunch.

Tuesday 17 September:  1030 – 1630  (or 1745) a 12½ or 15 mile linear walk around the boundary of East Brighton starting near the entrance to Brighton Pier and finishing nearby at Old Steine.   Taking in the Seafront, Undercliff, Saltdean, Falmer (return on the 28 or 29 bus from here) or continue to Hollingbury and return on bus 5b from Crowhurst Road).  Remember your picnic lunch and if travelling by train take no. 7 bus from Station to Old Steine.

Wednesday 18 September:  1030 – 1430 (or 1530) a 4 or 6 mile stroll starting from the South side of Chichester Railway Station along the Chichester Canal to the Yacht Basin – all flat walking.  Lunch stop at The Spinnaker, or take a picnic.  Head back by bus with one of the two leaders or continue to Dell Quay for the bus back to Chichester Station.

Thursday 19 September:  1020 – 1650 starting at Amberley Station,  a 16 mile circular walk through Arundel Park to Arundel and on to Burpham with a 45 minute stop for pub lunch at George & Dragon.  On to Barpham and Kithurst Hills and return on South Downs Way.

Friday 20 September:  1110 – 1530 starting at the A272 entrance to Hinton Ampner Park (OS Explorer 132/587277) an 8 mile circular walk through farmland, woodland and along quiet lanes.  Hinton Ampner, Kilmeston, Beauworth (pub stop at Milbury’s) and returning via the source of the Itchen.  Total ascent 708 ft.  Velvet bus 67 leaves Petersfield Station at 1032 alight Hinton Ampner Park.

Saturday 21 September:  1000 – 1600 from East Dean car park an 11 mile circular walk to Friston Place, Lullington Heath, Wilmington Hill, Jevington (pub stop at the Eight Bells) returning via Combe Hill and the South Downs Way.  Travel on bus 12/12a Brighton to Eastbourne route.  Alight at Gilberts Drive stop which is 3 minutes walk from East Dean car park OS Explorer ref 123/557978.

Walks guidance notes can be found HERE.  For more information telephone 01798 875073 any morning Monday to Thursday.

The South Downs Society is a registered charity dedicated to protecting the downs for the peaceful enjoyment of all as well as for future generations.  Membership costs from £23 per year and provides access to over 200 organised walks, strolls and bike rides a year as well as events, talks and focused workshops.  A quarterly magazine, The Downsman, is sent to all members as well as regular electronic updates.  Click HERE to join.