‘The Friends’ was founded in 1923 as the Society of Sussex Downsmen to counter the threat of widespread development on the most beautiful parts of the Downs. Now they focus on conservation, campaigning and guided walks.
Volunteers and members support projects to help improve access and enjoyment of the landscape and to preserve the South Downs for future generations. Now more than ever, a connection with nature and the landscape around us can nurture and nourish physical health and mental wellbeing.
Working with the Southeast Communities Rail Partnership over the last couple of years has led to banners displayed at railways stations, promoting the Society’s extensive guided walks.
The Friends of the Southdowns Society are pleased to share a new range of enjoyable and varied circular and linear walk guides, all from Railway Stations in and around the South Downs. Having a lower carbon footprint than travelling by car, going by train also provides opportunities for making the journey a positive part of the experience.
Following the Government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown, a plan is underway to restart guided walks and strolls later in the Spring. Keep an eye on the website www.friendsofthesouthdowns.org.uk and follow the Society on Facebook regarding developments.