5 ways to spend your #GetOutsideDay

Put it in your diary! Sunday 29 September is #GetOutsideDay and now is the perfect time to plan an action-packed day of adventuring and exploring the South Downs.

Paragliding off Devil’s Dyke – David Russel

Here are our five suggestions on how you could spend your #GetOutsideDay:

South Downs Way – Get outside day is the perfect day to discover the South Downs Way, whether walking your first leg, or for the more energetic, running the length! The 100-mile trail stretches from Winchester, taking in the market towns of Petersfield and Lewes, passing the beauty spots of Ditchling Beacon, Devil’s Dyke and Seven Sisters, and finally finishing off in Eastbourne.

Take pictures – Spend your day out in the National Park snapping some gorgeous images you can enter into this year’s photo competition. This year our judges are looking for inspiring images that capture the beauty of the National Park – all while being active. For more information on the photo competition visit https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/care-for/enter-the-south-downs-photo-competition/

Treasure hunt – The perfect way to get the family to do an activity that combines the outdoors, exercise and technology! Geocaching is the real-world way to treasure hunt. To get started visit https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/enjoy/geocaching/south-downs-geotour/ and start your adventure of exploring some hidden gems in the South Downs.

Discover our night skies – If we’re lucky we may be blessed with clear skies this get outside day and be treated to unspoilt views of the cosmos. The National Park has 10 designated dark night sky discovery sights – the most accessible place to view the stars and moon in the South East of England! If you would like to know more and how to embrace the darkness then head to https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/enjoy/dark-night-skies/

Enjoy some urban pleasures – If you’re all walked out and would rather spend the day enjoying some urban pleasures that National Park has to offer then spend the day in Winchester or Lewes. Both parts of the park have a lot to offer from shopping, history and some amazing locally-sourced food from the region, including English Sparkling wine, Sussex beef and amazing seafood from the Sussex and Hampshire coast. To find these wonderful flavours visit www.southdownsfood.org/

Cyclists at Cuckmere Haven – Peter Greenhalf SDJC

So what are you waiting for? Spend your #GetOutsideDay with friends and family, and have a day to remember in the South Downs National Park.