The South Downs will reach a colourful autumnal climax this weekend (19/20 Oct), and the South Downs National Park Authority has announced a range of discounts and treats for autumn lovers who travel by train and bus.
Travelling by bus and train is simple, many key walking and cycling routes are accessible via high quality, frequent services and there are new walking and cycling guides to help plan a trip from home to the start of the walk or cycle ride. At the start of several routes from Hassocks station, you can also pick up a bike to hire.
Not only does taking the bus or train make the journey simpler, it makes linear walks fun by enabling walkers to hop off the bus or train at the start of the route and simply pick up a return trip at the end.
This Friday 18 October there are even more reasons to visit the SDNP by public transport, with ‘Hikers and Bikers’ luxury rest stops at stations all over the park, where tired walkers and cyclists will be rewarded with massages, comfy chairs, free refreshments and a free boot cleaning service. There will also be discounts in pubs, cafes and attractions.
Nick Heasman, Western Downs Manager for the South Downs National Park said:
“Due to a warm summer and temperate September, this weekend looks likely to be the perfect time to see the South Downs in its full autumnal glory. For a really relaxing day I’d highly recommend ditching the car, leaving you to appreciate the views from the train or bus, forget parking woes and even finish your afternoon with a real ale or chilled glass of wine. If you go this Friday you could even enjoy luxury treats as you wait for your ride home!”
Published 15th October 2013
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