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Magic & myth: Five places to get scared in the South Downs this Halloween

October 10th, 2017

Chanctonbury Ring With the remains of Bronze and Iron Age forts, a Roman temple and its distinctive ring of beech trees, Chanctonbury Ring is said to be the most haunted site in the South Downs. Stories vary but walking seven times around the ring might summon up the devil, a druid, a lady on a […]

Do you believe in magic?

October 10th, 2017

Memories of holidays visiting her grandmother in the South Downs have helped to shape Cressida Cowell’s new book ‘The Wizards of Once’. With Halloween around the corner it seemed like a good time to ask the ‘How to train your dragon’ author about the magic of our landscapes. Words by Cressida Cowell It is easy […]

The Spirit of The Downs – National Poetry Day

September 28th, 2017

The Spirit of The Downs by Arthur Beckett OH, do you know the Downland where the sward is short and sweet, Where the gorse is like a golden flame, where fairies you may meet? You may see them dancing in their “rings” or swinging from a spray Of bramble-bush, if you go there at the […]

Summer Holiday Activities

July 25th, 2017

Keeping the kids busy and entertained during the school holidays is a perennial problem for parents but if you are anywhere near the South Downs National Park this summer there’s no excuse to be bored and it shouldn’t break the bank either. Here’s some ideas for fun and interesting  activities: 1. Big Butterfly Count If […]

Volunteers help return ‘The Devil’s Humps’ to their former glory at Kingley Vale

July 14th, 2017

Written by Steve Walker, Kingley Vale NNR Reserve Manager For those visitors who make it to the top of Bow Hill at Kingley Vale Nature Reserve, it is hard not to be awestruck by the sight of the four bronze age tumuli running along the plateau. These mounds, also known as The Devil’s Humps (or […]

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