New South Downs Way Bench

Friends of the South Downs (FSD) has installed another of a series of distinctive benches for the weary walker along the South Downs Way (SDW) at Salt Hill. 

On this bench, our bench installer Nathan Blatherwick has skilfully carved an owl from the unique shape of the wood he has used. 
South Downs Way walker Lucy Pitts commented “I walked the SDW. Day one was the toughest and at 10k I decided to have my first stop. It was quite a remote spot but there was a FSD bench. It may seem silly but it felt really special. It was at a point I was doubting my abilities. And there you were. And it sort of cheered me on. So never underestimate the power of a bench!”

Friends of the South Downs benches for ramblers in need of rest can also be found at Saddlescombe, Ditchling Beacon, Salt Hill, Gander Down, Beacon Hill and Tegleaze, so lots of picnic stop opportunities with a view! See if you can find the different hidden carving on each one. Scan here to find out more about the work of the Friends of the South Downs.

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