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SOME of South Downs National Park’s finest cultural and historic gems are being opened up this summer.

Two new weekend bus routes are expected to boost tourism to the area with stops en route to the village of Chawton, where Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life and the natural amphitheatre at Cheesefoot Head where Eisenhower addressed the American troops before D-Day.

Allison Thorpe, who leads on access for the South Downs National Park Authority, said:

‘The South Downs has so much to offer – glorious landscapes, wildlife and history.

‘But if you’re focusing on traffic to get to the attractions you’ll miss the spectacular views.’

The extended services have been made possible by the Two National Parks LSTF project to improve public transport for residents and visitors to the South Downs and New Forest National Park.

Details of the Discovery Ticket can be found on the South Downs website: southdowns.gov.uk/discoveryticket.