South Downs Odyssey
Odýssey n. a long, wandering and eventful journey!

After a lengthy planning meeting which consisted of “what are you taking in your sandwiches?” today’s walk was scheduled to be a long one, estimated at 8 miles, and walking from Cheesefoot Head to Exton. However, our intrepid duo had reckoned without the Boomtown Festival that had sprung up; we didn’t have our hard hats with us but in any case the entrance to the South Downs Way was prohibited. What a great start to the day!

So now, we did have to have a planning meeting and eventually decided to start at Milbury’s pub at Beauworth; this shortened our walk by probably 4 miles which was a good thing.  We started out walking along a pleasant lane before turning on to a woodland path and on to farmland.

Here Allison was able to demonstrate that “The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye” (Oklahoma) although of course, some bright spark will point out that in the film Curly was singing about what we call wheat…..or is it maize? (“MAIZE” – Bright spark!)

On to Beacon Hill and past the beacon that forms part of the chain of bonfires that are lit for national celebrations. We had a stunning view from up here but there followed very steep diagonal descent which led into fields and our first stiles.  OK so they weren’t 5 bar gates but a couple were certainly not constructed with short legged ladies in mind!

Into the village of Exton for a drink and crisps in the garden at The Shoe Inn before heading back to the car.  And then, we had to find our way back to Milbury’s………….

South Downs Way legs

Leg 3

to Exton
4 miles

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Winchester to Cheesefoot Head

Sun 21 Sep 2014

3.5 miles


Cheesefoot Head to Beauworth

Sun 31 Aug 2014

5.5 miles


Beauworth to Exton

Sat 2 Aug 2014

4 miles


Exton to Old Winchester Hill

Mon 28 Jul 2014

3.125 miles


Old Winchester Hill to East Meon

Mon 5 May 2014

5 miles


East Meon to Petersfield

Sat 12 Apr 2014

4.5 miles


Q.E. Park to Harting Hill

Thu 10 Apr 2014

5.5 miles


Harting Hill to Cocking

Thu 17 Apr 2014

7 miles


Cocking to Duncton

Thu 15 May 2014

5.25 miles


Duncton to Bury Hill

Sat 23 Aug 2014

5 miles


Bury Hill to Storrington

Sat 23 May 2015

6 miles


Storrington to Washington

Fri 11 Sep 2015

4 miles


Washington to beyond Chanctonbury Ring

Sun 6 Sep 2015

2.75 miles


Chanctonbury Ring to Beeding

Sun 20 Sep 2015

4.5 miles


Beeding to Devil’s Dyke

Sun 4 Oct 2015

5.25 miles


Devil’s Dyke to Ditchling Beacon

Sun 5 Jun 2016

6 miles


Ditchling Beacon to Housedean Farm

Tue 21 Jun 2016

5 miles


Housedean farm to Southease

Sun 31 Jul 2016

7 miles


Southease to Alfriston

Tue 6 Sep 2016

7 miles


Alfriston to Cuckmere River

Mon 26 Sep

3 miles


Cuckmere River to Birling Gap

Fri 7 Oct

5 miles


Birling Gap to Eastbourne

Mon 10 Oct

5 miles