Springtime across the South Downs for less

South Downs National Park
South Downs National Park

SPRINGTIME visitors to the South Downs who leave their cars at home can save a lot more than a tank of petrol, with two-for-one entry at a range of popular attractions across the National Park.

The Discover More of the South Downs for Less initiative will run over Easter until the end of April.

To encourage more visitors to travel by bus and train, 13 popular visitor centres are offering two-for-one entrance fees for public transport users.

Nick Stewart, SDNPA campaigns manager, said: “Children in particular can find travelling by bus or train a bit of an adventure, while adults often find that leaving the car at home can be much more relaxing – you can watch the scenery unfold without having to keep your eyes on the road.

“There is so much to see at this time of year as the South Downs burst into life – lambs in the fields, butterflies emerging, trees and flowers blossoming on the roadside and the return of migrating birds like swallows and swifts.

“As well as enjoying the scenic views, bus and train passengers will leave a smaller carbon footprint on the countryside they love.”

The participating attractions include RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve, Bignor Roman Villa, the Weald and Downland Museum and Petworth House, among others.

For further information about the attractions and how to get to them by bus and train, visit http://www.southdowns.gov.uk/discover

High numbers of visitors are expected as research shows spring is the most popular season to visit the South Downs.

Individual terms and conditions apply to each attraction, so visitors are advised to check entry requirements before travelling.

To see a video of the South Downs visit: www.youtube.com/embed/3yKEzPrlabU