Mark South Downs’ first year with a ramble

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THE FIRST anniversary of the formation of South Downs National Park will be celebrated with a walk.

The Ramblers’ Association will lead the celebrations at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Horndean, on April 1.

There will be events along the entire stretch of the 100 mile Downs following years of campaigning to get the area recognised and legally protected as a national park.

Speakers at the rally includes Margaret Paren, the chairwoman of the SDNP Authority, Kate Ashbrook, who is tipped to become the next president of the RA, and Benedict Southworth, the new chief executive of the Ramblers Association.

Following the rally, which begins at 10am, there will be an eight-mile walk.

It will take in an attractive area of the National Park, including the village of Chalton and the Coulter’s Dean nature reserve.

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