Winchester to Eastbourne 2013

We originally expected to complete the SDW in ten walks in 2013.  In the event we managed it in nine as we grew in strength and confidence. In 2014 we did it in eight walks. The more you do, the easier it becomes. These were our 2013 walks (click on each walk for more details):

Date Day Miles walked Feet climbed Walk 
03-Sep 1 12.5 650 Winchester to Exton      
04-Sep 2 11 863 Exton to QE Country Park       
11-Sep 3 12 627 QE Country Park to Cocking Hill     
18-Sep 4 11.5 624 Cocking Hill to Amberley  
25-Sep 5 13 925 Amberley to Upper Beeding 
02-Oct 6 10.5 1135 Upper Beeding to Ditchling Beacon 
09-Oct 7 11.8 463 Ditchling Beacon to Southease 
16-Oct 8 10 751 Southease to Exceat 
23-Oct 9 8 719 Exceat to Eastbourne 
Totals   100.3 6697 Winchester to Eastbourne
cream tea
Cream teas – a vital ingredient

Starting and finishing places were chosen which:

  • Provided good car parking
  • Were a manageable walk apart
  • Enabled refreshments to be had before or after walking
  • Provided shelter while cars were repositioned/recovered
  • Gave downhill finishes when tired, not uphill.

Not all these desirable traits were always possible but we ensured nobody ever waited to start or for a lift home after the walk without shelter and refreshment.   For a flavour of each walk and its start and finishing places, parking,  teashops, lunchstops, distances and the severity of the hills you will have to tackle, click on the walk  above (in red).  

These accounts are not meant to be practical walking guides (which you will find here).  Just a taster of what you are to expect from – and enjoy about – each walk. 

For details of  car parking and routing for each walk, click here

If you have a query, comment or suggestion please contact us here.

See the nine walks here:

Walking the South Downs Way the other way: Eastbourne to Winchester

Walking the South Downs Way using public transport

And probably more cream teas on the SDW!