It’s easy to plan a car-free South Downs trip this autumn

Avoid the traffic and reduce the stress of driving this autumn with a new series of ideas for days out in the South Downs National Park. Go South Downs is a new online resource to help people plan an entire car-free trip in the National Park – from where to stay and places to eat to things to do and how to join them together on foot, bicycle or public transport.

The first itineraries to go online are for the market towns of Lewes and Petersfield. Visitors can also look out for special Cyclists and Walkers Welcome signs in local businesses. These mean that they not only offer a warm welcome but are able to offer facilities ranging from a top-up for water bottles to a safe place to lock up a bike, or even plasters or a puncture repair kit.

Jo Williams, who leads on Sustainable Tourism in the South Downs National Park, said:

“Autumn is a great time to visit the South Downs and we want to make it as easy as possible for people to enjoy a car-free trip to National Park – whether they’re here for a day, a weekend or a week.

“We’re starting with our popular market towns of Lewes and Petersfield both great destinations to explore the towns, villages and landscapes of the South Downs on foot, by bike or public transport. We hope to expand it to more towns and villages across the National Park in the future.”

Start your adventure now.