A number of us have decided to undertake a seventh long distance linear walk, this year along the South Downs Way.
The 100 miles long South Downs Way national trail begins at Winchester following the old routes and drove ways along the chalk escarpments and ridges of the South Downs to Eastbourne, running entirely within the new South Downs National Park
Its elevated position ensures the rewards of breath taking views across the English Channel and Isle of Wight to the south and over the wooded Weald and heathland ridges to the north.
It passes through a varied landscape of protected habitats including internationally important chalk rivers, internationally rare species of rich chalk grasslands and beautiful ancient woodland. The trail passes through or passes by five National Nature Reserves and dozens of Sites of Special Scientific Interest where stunning wildlife can be enjoyed at close hand.
We would greatly welcome other participants for all, individual or combinations of individual stages of the walk.
Transport: The core group will be taking cars to handle the linear nature of the route and to access accommodation. All additional participants must also be prepared to contribute their own car for transport.
Accommodation: The core group will be staying overnight from Monday 10th September through to Monday 17th / Tuesday 18th September inclusive at local pubs or rented accommodation. However, participants could base themselves anywhere convenient (B&B; camping; pub; hotel; youth hostel; rented accommodation etc.).
We will head home on Tuesday 18th or Wednesday 19th September (depending upon preference) having completed the final stage.
The walk should suit individuals / couples who relish moderately strenuous terrain, flexible arrangements, convivial company and who have a well-developed sense of humour (although the route should be well marked, we will not have recce’d it in advance and stage parking might be challenging!)
All transport, accommodation and meal arrangements will be the responsibility of the individual participants. Members of the core group will lead each stage. I can provide more detailed information for anyone who is interested and co-ordinate matching car loads (for the linear logistics). We are still fine-tuning parking locations so start and end points for some of the individual stages may yet vary slightly.
If you are interested in joining us for all or part of the Way, or would like any further information, please contact Cliff D. by clicking on my photo (or talk to me when you next see me). It is essential that we know well in advance if somebody is planning to join us in order to plan car sharing or in case there are any last-minute adjustments.
Maps: Ordnance Survey Explorer 121, 122 ande 123.
There is loads of information on the South Downs Way via Google. Click on the route link to see the whole route.