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Gorgeous

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Beautiful walk ending at the Black Rabbit Pub

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Fab trail with some challenging Hill’s.

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There is a free Cocking Hill car park at the start of the route and a free train station car park in Amberley at the end. The best view of the route is from the top of the Bignor Hill. For the second half of the way the chalk is exposed on the ground with lots of loose rocks therefore rigid sole foot ware is advisable

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lots of gravel farm tracks and hedgerows.

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lorraine murphy reviewed South Downs Way: Winchester to Exton
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We were aiming to do the whole South Downs but our ruck sacks were too heavy

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A modest start to the SDW, with a gentle climb through Chilcomb up to great views of the coastline and Southampton skyline from Cheesefoot Head. Rolling hills and countryside then accompany you to Beacon Hill with more excellent views. It’s then down hill passing Exton Beacon.

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Starting with a gentle ascent through Meonstoke, this trail shares with you some great views of the South Downs Way across the coastline. Parts of the trail are disappointingly hindered by hedgerows, but the views from Butser Hill, the highest point of the South Downs, make up for any lost scenery.

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Not the typical vibe of the usual SDW National trail. Starts off with a fair bit of lane going up hill, but you’re soon rewarded with the iconic views of the rolling hills of the South Downs. There’s more forested and enclosed track than other parts of the SDW, making for a nice bit of variation. The Devil’s Jumps are definitely worth a slight detour, as well as a quick wander through the Buriton Chalk Pits Quarry at the beginning.

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Paul Bretherton reviewed South Downs Way: Buriton to Cocking
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Did this walk yesterday and covered the distance in just over 6 hours with a 20 min lunch break. Think the climb over Beacon Hill though a short cut slowed me down as my legs were starting to feel stiff from then on.

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A great trail with panoramic views over the South Downs, coastline, and over towards the North Downs. Very easy to navigate using the SDW waymarkers. There’s very little shade so be prepared on a hot, sunny day to take lots of water !

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This is not the prettiest part of the South Downs Way, but that is not to say it’s not worth doing. Plenty of hill top views from the start, with sheep and cows to keep you company. Passing over Chantry Hill and through Chanctonbury Ring is very scenic, with a few Dew Ponds along the way, finishing at the end with views of the River Adur and Brighton skyline.

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A long, stunning trail with plenty to see. Amazing views at the beginning over the old chalk quarry and Worthing to the south and Steyning to the North, with the ridge of Chanctonbury Hill behind you. Walking up to Truleigh Hill you get the best views over Brighton, following along to the Devils Dyke and Ditchling Beacon. Lots of wind swept trees and dew ponds to find along the way, past Black Cap and down through sweeping fields over the A27. Then it’s back up along the South Downs with picturesque views of Newhaven, Lewes, and Eastbourne to carry you through till the River Ouse at Southease. No stiles, lots of gates, and took about 8hours with time for photos.

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Awesome trail from start to finish. Beautiful views over Lewes, Eastbourne and Newhaven. Easy to navigate with the fully way-marked path. Lots of different sections with fields, countryside and wildlife to entertain all along. Well worth saving for a proper sunny day!

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Good beginning but lots of walking between high hedges making it difficult to see the beautiful scenery. The path was very busy as there was a running event on the path. In general most of the runners were considerate but some running with dogs took over the path and on some cases almost took me out. I am looking forward to the next 12 miles to see what it is like.

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Probably the best section of the SDW...the tea rooms at Jevington and Alfriston (prepare to wait for food so bring sandwiches on a sunny day) for a pint plus the views and paragliding...just remember Southease trains are 5 past the hour back to Lewes and Brighton.

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Hannah Fisher reviewed South Downs Way: Exton to Buriton
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