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

It wasn’t raining, our legs had recovered, so time for another walk, this time 4 miles from the Sustainability Centre at East Meon to Queen Elizabeth Park.  

12

Storrington to Washington

Fri 11 Sep 2015

4 miles

13

Washington to beyond Chanctonbury Ring

Sun 6 Sep 2015

2.75 miles

14

Chanctonbury Ring to Beeding

Sun 20 Sep 2015

4.5 miles

15

Beeding to Devil’s Dyke

Sun 4 Oct 2015

5.25 miles

16

Devil’s Dyke to Ditchling Beacon

Sun 5 Jun 2016

6 miles

17

Ditchling Beacon to Housedean Farm

Tue 21 Jun 2016

5 miles

18

Housedean farm to Southease

Sun 31 Jul 2016

7 miles

19

Southease to Alfriston

Tue 6 Sep 2016

7 miles

20

Alfriston to Cuckmere River

Mon 26 Sep
2016

3 miles

21

Cuckmere River to Birling Gap

Fri 7 Oct
2016

5 miles

22

Birling Gap to Eastbourne

Mon 10 Oct
2016

5 miles

South Downs Way legs

Leg 6

East Meon to
QE Country Park
(Petersfield)
4.5 miles

We were very pleased to find that the South Downs Way is really well sign posted as neither of us had walked round here before.  There were some fabulous views across rolling fields of rape, and loads of sheep so Liz was in her element, although they were not very good at posing for the camera. They were also pretty mangy looking as they were losing their fleece!

Today’s walking was fairly flat and apart from the frequent photo stops we were soon heading along the road to Butser Hill and its iconic communications tower.  It was quite hazy but we could still see the sea, and it became quite windy and chilly.


Having left one car at the Park our first challenge was finding the Sustainability Centre, which turned out to be on the site of the HMS Mercury, the navy’s former Signal School.  There is quite a lot of house building going on opposite the Centre and it is quite obvious that the gardening will be quite a chalky challenge.

Moulting sheep!

These really are ‘EASYCARE’ sheep, bred to moult so uneconomic shearing is not necessary

It’s a family affair!

Our lunch stop was slightly downhill out of the wind but with the fabulous view across to the sea. And then, it was downhill all the way, down Butser Hill and back to the QE Park, a total distance according to our pedometers of 4.5 miles, not 4 (every little helps!)


Refreshment reward was to be at the café back at the Sustainability Centre – we bet there is carrot cake we said, and sure enough there was!  But instead we had brilliant ice creams made by a local company in Twyford.

1

Winchester to Cheesefoot Head

Sun 21 Sep 2014

3.5 miles

2

Cheesefoot Head to Beauworth

Sun 31 Aug 2014

5.5 miles

3

Beauworth to Exton

Sat 2 Aug 2014

4 miles

4

Exton to Old Winchester Hill

Mon 28 Jul 2014

3.125 miles

5

Old Winchester Hill to East Meon

Mon 5 May 2014

5 miles

6

East Meon to Petersfield

Sat 12 Apr 2014

4.5 miles

7

Q.E. Park to Harting Hill

Thu 10 Apr 2014

5.5 miles

8

Harting Hill to Cocking

Thu 17 Apr 2014

7 miles

9

Cocking to Duncton

Thu 15 May 2014

5.25 miles

10

Duncton to Bury Hill

Sat 23 Aug 2014

5 miles

11

Bury Hill to Storrington

Sat 23 May 2015

6 miles

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