No more confusion at QECP

15th April 2015

No more confusion and going around in circles when going through Queen Elizabeth Country Park on the South Downs Way. For many years two separate SDW routes existed through the park. One was for walkers and cyclists and a separate route was signed for horse-riders. This caused no end of confusion especially when the two routes crossed.

So it’s with great pleasure that we can announce that the route of the South Downs Way through the park has been rationalised onto one single multi user route. This new route uses bits of both of the old routes and has been completely resigned with over 15 new fingerposts. All the old signs and signage clutter have also been removed.

All of the old routes are still available to the public and can be followed if you wish, but to prevent confusion only one route is now signed as the South Downs Way. The new route for the most part follows the route of the definitive public bridleway through the park and takes in some stunning and quieter parts of Queen Elizabeth Forest.

A map showing the new route can be found here, or simply by zooming in on the interactive map on the "Plan your Visit" page.

Thanks goes to The South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service for much of the labour and to Hampshire County Council for working with the SDW team to rationalise the route.


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