Walk will mark national park’s first anniversary

An inspector raised concerns about Hilsea Lodge care home in Gatcombe Drive in Portsmouth

Council-run Portsmouth care home put into special measures

Have your say

RAMBLERS are hoping the glorious weather continues into the weekend when they celebrate the first anniversary of the South Downs National Park.

An eight-mile walk and rally will mark the occasion at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Horndean, on Sunday.

It has been organised by walking charity the Ramblers’ Association.

The walk takes in an attractive area of the national park, including the village of Chalton and the Coulter Dean nature reserve.

Speakers at the rally will include chairwoman of the South Downs National Park Authority Margaret Paren, incoming Ramblers’ Association president Kate Ashbrook and Benedict Southworth, the new chief executive of the charity.

Owen Plunkett, who is leading the walk, said: ‘Members of the public are especially welcome.’

It begins in the car park at 10am.