Families are offered travel discounts in South Downs National Park

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BIG discounts are being offered to families this summer in a bid to help the environment and get more people exploring the South Downs National Park.

The Discovery ticket is being launched and allows unlimited, one-day travel across the South Downs area for £12.50 for a family of five.

It is backed by the South Downs National Park Authority, which is keen for more people from the Portsmouth area to explore the countryside on their doorstep. The authority is subsidising the scheme thanks to a £3.81m grant from the Department of Transport, which wants more people to explore the national park by public transport.

Nick Stewart, campaign manager for the South Downs, said: ‘We hope the Discovery ticket will make our popular attractions and beauty spots easier to visit and better value for money by bus, giving visitors even more of a reason to leave the car at home and explore the South Downs with the kids this summer.’

The scheme launches tomorrow and four attractions, including Queen Elizabeth County Park and Arundel Castle, will host ice cream carts offering free ice cream when people present a valid bus ticket.

Bus companies have signed up to the scheme, including Stagecoach and Emsworth and District Motor Services.

Various venues are offering two for one offers when a valid bus ticket is presented, including Weald and Downland Museum near Chichester.