National Walking Month event visits Buriton

SDNPA hikers

Over 150 enthusiastic hikers enjoyed wonderful scenery

The South Downs National Park Authority arranged this special event on 19 May: a seven mile walk from the Queen Elizabeth Country Park to Buriton and back.

Attracting diverse groups to appreciate the beauty of the outdoors and foster a sense of community is vital work for all Protected Landscapes and the SDNPA organised this event in partnership with the Muslim Hikers group as part of activities for National Walking Month. 

This was the group’s second hike in this National Park, following a successful event in February. The hike was extremely popular, with all places booked weeks in advance.

The five-hour guided route provided insights into the local area and encompassed a range of features including rolling hills, woodlands, farms, chalk pits and ponds. 

The organisers explained that springtime in this area showcases vibrant greenery, wildflowers and enchanting history: from Bronze Age sites and remnants of Roman life to rare wildlife such as Buriton’s elusive cheese snail!

The group stopped at Buriton village hall at lunchtime before returning to QECP by a slightly different route.

Participants included people from within and around the National Park as well as visitors from across the country – with about half of the group visiting the area for the first time – and feedback was overwhelmingly positive.