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

Once again our start was at Old Winchester Hill car park which today was packed.


Our route was not at all straight forward today, but by holding the map upside down, we navigated our way successfully. We really could see for miles today and spotted the spire of Privett Church a real landmark along the A272.

South Downs Way legs

Leg 5

Old Winchester Hill to East Meon
5 miles

A steep downhill path led us to Whitewool Farm, a huge dairy farm, but first we had to negotiate a field full of cows.  Liz likes cows so not a problem for her, but Allison has read too many stories in the press about walkers being trampled to death by cows so is scared stiff of them!  A potentially difficult decision might possibly have to be made of death by trampling or impalement on a barbed wire fence, thankfully neither happened and we made it safely through the field. The next field contained a bull but luckily we had to turn left.

We had lunch sitting on a convenient bank (will leave out a possible joke) and being entertained by a few cyclists flying past.

Whitewool Farm

What do you mean, who's the daddy!


Back at the car and another 5 miles clocked up in perfect weather.


Someone else who has done this walk is Clare Balding, though she went the other way towards Winchester.  This is well worth listening to as there is much information about the places of interest on the route.  Click here to listen.

Moi, frightening?

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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

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