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News from Campaign for National Parks

Bill Bryson, Carol Vorderman and others call to increase school visits to National Parks

17 celebrities including award winning writer Bill Bryson, Gordon Buchanan, Carol Vorderman and Caroline Quentin have come together to call for urgent action to get more school children into the National Parks.
The well-known names signed an open letter organised by Campaign for National Parks, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Open Spaces Society, Ramblers and the YHA.

The Westminster Government has an explicit goal to double the number of young people experiencing National Parks. On the 70th anniversary of National Parks the celebrities and organisations feel it is urgent that government keeps this promise.


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Registration of historic rights of way and of the benefits of extending the cut-off date for their registration – House of Lords Short Debate

On Tuesday 2nd April the House of Lords held a short debate to discuss the benefits of extending the 2026 cut-off date for registration of historic rights of way. Our President, Baroness Maggie Jones, spoke in this debate in support of an extension with a mention of the society, “… as the President of the Friends of the South Downs – which does fantastic work campaigning to protect and preserve the landscape of the South Downs National Park and providing a huge range of guided walks on the footpaths and bridleways.”

“The rights of way network is one of our nation’s greatest assets: it connects people to nature and our rural environment and describes how our ancestors interacted with, and enjoyed, the landscape over centuries.


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Members discount for entry to Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre

Just in time for the summer holidays we have negotiated a special entrance rate for South Downs Society members to Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre.

Take your SDS membership card along to qualify for a generously discounted rate of £6 (usually £10).

Amberley Museum

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre is a 36 acre site set in the South Downs National Park.

Dedicated to the industrial heritage of the South East, exhibits include a narrow-gauge railway and bus service (both provide free nostalgic travel around the site), Connected Earth telecommunications hall, energy electricity hall, printing workshop and much more.

The Museum is also home to traditional crafts people, such as the stained glass maker, blacksmith and potter, plus a fabulous restaurant, gift shop and numerous picnic areas where stunning surroundings can be enjoyed.

For further information and opening hours check and have a great day out.

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Discounted entry to Fishers Farm Park for members of the South Downs Society

Just in time for the school holidays!

Take the children/grand children to the fabulous Fishers Farm Park at Wisborough Green and receive a 10% discount on the cost of entrance.  All you need to do is present your South Downs Society membership card.


For details of facilities and opening times go to


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Arundel Castle offers entry discount to SDS members

For the remainder of the 2013 season Arundel Castle is very kindly offering members of the South Downs Society a discounted admission to the castle and gardens upon production of their own valid membership card.

Full details of this excellent offer are as follows:

Discounted Castle & Gardens Gold Plus Tickets.
Save £2 off Gold Plus Adult & Concession ticket prices.
Not valid Joust Week 23 to 28 July inclusive.


As the seat of The Dukes of Norfolk and set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens; Arundel Castle is one of the great treasure houses of England, each having its own unique place in history and is home to priceless works of art.

For visitor information click HERE.