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Whatever time of year you visit there is always a different scene from lambs grazing to different wild life and colours . With trees changing colours through the season's . There are miles of footpaths and cycle tracks with no cars or other forms of...More
We walked along the South Downs Way by parking at Bignor Hill (National Trust) and then following the monarchs way down to Amberley Station. This enabled us to follow the South Downs way back up to Bignor Hill. We enjoyed some expansive views of the...More
I have been lucky enough to be able to get up onto the SDW more or less every week for the last 25 years. The skyline has changed slightly but not massively. The windmills out at sea are probably the biggest intervention although the power...More
If you like a good walk in the countryside this is the place to visit with approx 50 + miles to walk. Excellent in the summer time also some tracks are good for cycling. If you have a dog you can certainly tire them out...More
I watched from the comfort of my friends house while my husband and friend took several morning walks. Report was t was great. I, on the other hand, did see a number of hikers an wonderful sights from the top deck of busses several different...More
As part of the south downs way it is a stunning walk, you are likely to see rabbits, different types of butterfly, I usually see the small heath and the chalkhill blue, lots of hedgerow birds and you occasionally see birds of prey! Just don't...More
Walked this following a cancelled endurance event. I walked 60ish km from queens country park to the Botolphs (spelling?). It's gorgeous and the views and worth the walk.
It's rocky terrain so make sure you come prepared with padded shoes and stuff for blisters.
What a cracking trail. Far more ups and downs than I expected and with several tight turns it was always interesting. We cycled from Steyning to Lewes, about 40 miles return and found the views into the countryside or across towards the sea wonderful.
Assuming you're after how long each day's walk will be, it's hard to say without knowing your fitness level. If you walk distance regularly and are reasonably fit then 3 miles an hour would be about average which means 8 - 9... More
Assuming you're after how long each day's walk will be, it's hard to say without knowing your fitness level. If you walk distance regularly and are reasonably fit then 3 miles an hour would be about average which means 8 - 9 hours of walking a day, though add to that whatever you'll want for breaks. Personally I prefer just to crack on and get the walking done. If you don't do much distance walking then I'd drop that to 2 miles an hour and add that you might not enjoy the experience.
Assuming you're talking about the full SDW then depending on where you get the info from it's between 100 and 109 miles. Some people mountain bike it in a day but unless you're super human I can't see you walking it in that... More
Assuming you're talking about the full SDW then depending on where you get the info from it's between 100 and 109 miles. Some people mountain bike it in a day but unless you're super human I can't see you walking it in that. The alternative is just picking a length of the trail that matches your usual walking distances for a day hike.
For a day hike, If you're looking at the Sussex end of the trail, a favourite day walk for me is from Southease station to Eastbourne - the trail literally passes through the station. Be sure to pick the coastal walking trail after Alfriston (across the white bridge the trail splits with a straight ahead and turn right option - you want to turn right) which takes you across the seven sisters and Beachy Head. All in it's about 20 miles and there are some hills so a good days walking with some lovely views. The final stretch is near civilization so gets busy with day trippers.
Funnily enough the LDWA are holding a walk starting in Eastbourne on Fri the 30th of this month (March 2018) that mainly follows the SDW, Google for the LDWA Kent group if you're interested - completely free and everyone welcome.
For the full trail One end of the SDW is Winchester and the other end is Eastbourne but obviously you can walk in either direction, Both ends are major towns and although I've never eaten in either no doubt both have a selection of good eateries.