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South Downs becomes official

Posted 31 March 2010
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South Downs becomes official
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The South Downs officially became a national park today (March 31st).

At one minute past midnight the area joined the other 14 designated places across England, Scotland and Wales and covers an area of 1600 sq km across the south east, stretching from Beachy Head near Eastbourne to Winchester in Hampshire.

Commenting on the historic occasion, interim chief executive for the South Downs National Park Authority Richard Shaw said: "The South Downs has been nationally recognised for its natural beauty and the space it offers for people to enjoy the countryside.

"This is why it has been made into a National Park."

One feature of the park that has already been established is the 160-mile South Downs Way, which can be enjoyed by those who like to Go Walking or people preferring to don their cycling gear and ride it.

The South Downs Way website recently issued a reminder to those on mountain bikes to stay safe and avoid riding in a way that may lead to accidents, following a few recent near-misses on the route.

Posted by Dan Mirza