Leave the car behind to explore the Downs

Brighton & Hove Breeze Bus Credit Jacquetta Fewster
Brighton & Hove Breeze Bus Credit Jacquetta Fewster

The 6th annual ‘Festival of Green Travel Walks’ that offers a series of free nature walks for avid amblers to enjoy takes place this month.

Between September 14 and 21, the South Downs Society has organised eight free walks, which will range from four to 16 miles, led by a knowledgeable guide.

From the Chattri Indian Memorial and Pyecombe church to Devil’s Dyke and Arundel Park, walkers of all abilities can experience everything that the South Downs has to offer.

Jane Major from the South Downs Society said: “Without a 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.”

She added: “Our walks leaders are friendly and knowledgeable, so do come along and enjoy your National Park.”

The South Downs Society is a registered charity set up to conserve and enhance the beauty and amenities of the South Downs for the benefit of the public and currently has more than 2,000 members.

In fact, the South Downs stretches for 100 miles between Eastbourne in East Sussex and Winchester in Hampshire, so there is plenty to see and do.

Mrs Major said that the society would also like residents to know that there were plenty of transport systems in place to take people to the locations featured in the walks.

She added that the festival would help those taking part appreciate the surrounding areas and hopefully promote healthy exercise across the Downs. “It ticks all the boxes really,” she said.

Launching the festival, the first walk will take place on Saturday, September 14 at 11am, from the bus stop outside Brighton Railway Station, where the group will take the Breeze Bus 77 to Devil’s Dyke for a 6.5-mile linear walk along the South Downs Way to Saddlescombe, Pyecombe, the Jack and Jill windmills and finally Hassocks where the group will return to Brighton via train or bus. It is advised to bring a picnic lunch for the journey.

If you would like to take part in any of the walks featured during the eight-day festival visit http://bit.ly/15Ohvtj or call 01798 875073 for more details.