Work has now started on improvements to the infrastructure of Epsom and Walton Downs, as we reported in the last issue of eBorough Insight.
New visitor trails are being laid out to encourage visitors to enjoy the Downs beyond the Derby and peak summer season and we will be keeping residents in touch with developments as new signs, benches, information points are added in the next few weeks.
Clearly designated trails will lead visitors to where they can safely view the daily training of thoroughbred racehorses, enjoy the panoramic landscapes, learn about the unique local habit and equestrian heritage plus explore the wider Downs and follow the interlinking trails across East Surrey.
A grant of £132,000 secured by the Council from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, boosted by funding of £18,000 from The Jockey Club and £20,000 from the Epsom & Walton Downs Conservators, is specified for supporting the local economy by encouraging visitors.
The project will help promote the many activities that can be enjoyed on the Downs, such as hack riding, flying model aircraft, kite flying, rambling, nature conservation, golfing, dog walking, running and cycling. We hope the initiative will also support other local attractions, such as the developing Woodland Trust Centenary Wood and food, drink and accommodation providers.
Epsom & Walton Downs are private land owned by Epsom Downs Racecourse and managed by the Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators through an Act of Parliament. The Conservators’ principal obligations are to enable the training of racehorses and activities of associated staff that currently use the gallops up until noon every day, to preserve the Downs in their natural state of beauty, to maintain the public’s right of access and to ensure that the various users respect each other’s rights and the Downs environment.
(Image bottom right): As part of the planned work on significant improvements to amenities and infrastructure, the wooden posts on Epsom & Walton Downs have been replaced in readiness for fresh new signage.