The South Downs Way

The already successful ‘Mend Our Way’ campaign to repair the whole of the South Downs Way is getting a big boost. Find out more here. 

The organisations

From rolling hills to bustling market towns and the world-famous Seven Sisters white cliffs, the South Downs National Park’s landscapes cover 1,600km2 of beautiful and breath-taking views, rare and diverse habitats and quintessentially English scenery.

Established by the South Downs National Park Authority, the South Downs National Park Trust takes a park-wide approach to protect this extraordinary place for future generations. The Trust aims to work in partnership with national and community based organisations, for the benefit of the National Park and the people who live, work and visit here.

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Our aim

It’s simple – to ensure the South Downs Way is accessible for all, forever.

The South Downs Way is a stunning National Trail running entirely within the South Downs National Park. You can feel a million miles from the hustle and bustle of modern life, but be only a few minutes from civilization. Whether you’re walking, on a mountain bike or on horseback, you’ll discover rich chalk grassland, crystal clear rivers, beautiful woodland and a wealth of cultural heritage.

Urgent improvements

Waterlogged path at Old Winchester Hill. Photo: South Downs NPA

The thin soils of the South Downs Way can be quickly eroded and the exposed soft chalk is then easily cut by fast flowing water coming off the hills. This means the route requires constant repair and now more than ever, as thousands of people seek the physical, mental and benefits of getting close to nature.

Three areas of the South Downs Way in particular need attention right now:

  1. Millpond Bottom (Pen Hill, West Sussex)
  2. Plumpton Plain (East Sussex)
  3. Old Winchester Hill (Hampshire)

 

The appeal – you can help

Through the “Mend our Way” campaign, the South Downs National Park Authority and South Downs National Park Trust are launching a substantial fundraising appeal to secure the additional support needed to carry out a number of critical repairs.

While we receive some funding to carry out repairs to the trail, there are a number of significant repairs which cannot currently be delivered. The areas above are continuing to erode, meaning if they’re not resolved, the costs will only increase in years to come. Through this campaign we hope to restore the most critical areas, safeguarding the South Downs Way for the future.

Follow the link below to make your own contribution to the future of the South Downs.

Donate here to help us raise £120,000 for the South Downs Way. You can make a donation of any size – choose ‘Donate what you want’ – or select one of the other amounts. If you want to donate directly to the National Appeal, you can do so here.

All online donations are currently via PayPal – if you would prefer not to use this method or would like to make a large donation (£500~), please contact the team directly on mendourmountains@thebmc.co.uk. All money raised goes via the BMC’s charity, the Access and Conservation Trust.

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Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million is a call to action to everyone who values the hills, mountains and landscapes of Britain. It aims to galvanise mass support for things we all use: the paths, bridleways and bridges which underpin our experiences in the great outdoors. Through a year-long appeal we aim to raise £1 million in total for a range of vital projects within the UK’s entire family of 15 National Parks. Navigate our website to find out more.
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