Green fields and blue skies on the South Downs Way

Here, there and everywhere!

26th January 2016

I’ve been so busy for the last few days that I didn’t get a chance to write my blog last week. So what’s been happening? We have been installing new signage to upgrade some and replace other damaged signs. This is always a satisfying task as there is a real tangible and instant benefit.

I’ve also been over in Winchester to talk with the National Trust at the Winchester City Mill about placing a new official end marker outside the Mill. This was a really useful and heartening meeting. It’s so much easier working with likeminded people that want to get things done! If you’re planning to start the SDW from Winchester or finishing your trip there, add some time into your itinerary to look around the city and especially drop into the City Mill. You’ll find a ‘Gateway to the South Downs national Park’ exhibition along with some fascinating information about the Mill. I’ve also been progressing signage improvements for the SDW through Winchester City centre.

We have taken advantage of a few days of dry clear weather to get out on the Trail with the Google Trekker camera. It’s been lovely to actually see the sun!

Our head office in Midhurst has also seen quite a bit of me recently. I’ve been in workshops to discuss ideas for future investments and income generation and presented the idea of extending the SDW along Eastbourne Seafront to the South Downs Local Access Forum.

Planning for our next Event Organisers meeting in February has also taken up some of our time. This event allows all those involved in organising and running large events along the SDW to get together with us and each other and ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible. So if you’re thinking of running an event next year do get in touch.

This week also saw me meeting up with Simon Mulholland from Pony Access to demonstrate his Ibex carriage. This has been designed to take wheelchair bound people out into the countryside to places they would not normally be able to access. We have an aspiration to take the ‘ibex’ from end to end next summer.

Today I was back at head office in Midhurst for our quarterly SDW Trail partnership meeting. Not very interesting for the average walker or rider but a vital process to ensure the smooth management of a trail crossing three different Highway Authorities.

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