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The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) are calling on riders to help create a handy, downloadable guide to the best circular routes across Sussex and Hampshire. The authority is working with the British Horse Society (BHS) to produce these guides, and is now seeking feedback on some of best routes from riders across the south east.

Allison Thorpe, the leader of access and recreation for the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “The National Park offers some of the best lowland riding opportunities in the UK and we’re really excited to be developing this new series of self-guided trails.

“We’re keen to get all the information we can from people who regularly ride in the South Downs. This will help us to test out the routes, take photographs and produce the trail guides. Our focus is on producing easy-to-understand guides that offer something for riders of all abilities to enjoy – whether it’s a gentle trot or a long hack up on the Downs. The guides will be crammed with information and tips to help horse riders have a great day out.

“With 1,200km of bridleways on the South Downs, we’re keen to help riders find the safest and most enjoyable rides. We hope to hear from as many horse riders as possible.”

The team at the SDNPA are looking for circular routes between five and 10 miles long, although they’re interested in hearing about shorter routes, too.

To recommend a route, email Allison at Access@southdowns.gov.uk with a start point, the length of the ride and a short description and map of the route.

For more information, visit southdowns.gov.uk

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