What we, the South Downs Society do

Our prime concern is the protection of the unique landscape and the cultural heritage of the South Downs National Park.


Shaped by nature and man over thousands of years, the National Park is a source of inspiration, recreation and relaxation for millions of people.  However, the pressures faced by our countryside are greater than ever.  Creeping urbanisation, road building, housing demand, mineral extractions and climate change all put a strain on land and threaten to ruin the beauty of our landscapes.

We fight campaigns against inappropriate development and fund conservation projects

We take an active role in safeguarding and improving the rights of way network and extending areas of open access land across the National Park

We encourage the public to learn more about the National Park

As the National Park Society we watch over the activities of the National Park Authority as a challenging friend including suggesting things they might do to enhance the National Park

Guided Walks – our experienced Walks Leaders organise and lead hundreds of interesting and varied walks all across the beautiful South Downs all year round

Activities – we organise a range of coach trips and activities throughout the area which have recently included Kingston Lacy, Sackville College & Scotney Castle and the Courtauld Gallery in London to name but a few