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South Downs Way: Winchester to Eastbourne

by: Jim Manthorpe

UPDATES

Updated information

Thank you to all those readers who send us updated information, including Richard Marshall and Rodney Duggua, Nick Price, Trudi & Andy Rintoul,Sue Wood, Anne Conchie, Rachel and Karl-Peter Hammer, Stuart Blackburne, Bea  Delannoy and Olivier, David Cocovini, Susan Corbett.

The information has not yet been checked by Trailblazer but it will be for the next edition.

Updates relating to the 5th edition

August 2017

p85 Map 6. The route going from the bottom of Beacon Hill into Exton has changed.  There are some signs for the SDW, but these are only visible if you are going East to West; if you're going in the opposite direction it's worth going to the other side of any styles and gates and checking for signs.

pp90-91 Maps 9 and 10. Upper Parsonage Farm near East Meon is on Map 10 not Map 9, about 20 minutes from Butser Hill, heading away from Queen Elizabeth Country, down the first road to the right. There's a sign on the corner 'Camping'. The campsite is a very good standard.

p162 Afriston.  Alfriston Camping is only £7 per night for camping, and good value with  toilets and hot showers. You don't have to book as it's on a huge field. However the downside is that it can be a bit crowded. But a useful place to stay as there isn't anything else in the way of camping for the last stage of the SDW. The entrance from the road is a bit hard to spot. If you take the road south out of Alfriston towards Seaford, the road swings round to the left, and the entrance is on the right. Tel.: 07591 880129, website: www.alfriston.com.

p136 Saddlescombe Farm, near Devil's Dyke and Poynings.  Wildflour Café has replaced The Hiker's Rest and is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm and for winter opening hours check their Facebook page (facebook.com/Wild flourSouthDowns) as they have no phone, internet, or mobile phone on the farm.  (Their Facebook page says Wildflour Kitchen at the moment but they are changing it to Café.) They offer cakes, cream teas, cold and hot food such as dhals and chillies all freshly made by them, coffee, tea, soft drinks or they'll refill your water bottle. Outside seating and in case of hot or bad weather, large undercover seating areas.   NB Because of the lack of internet they accept cash only.

February 2017

p116-117 Houghton. Arun Valley B&B, Houghton Farm, Houghton, Nr Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9LW.  Tel: 01798 831142 / 07710 630219   www.arunvalleybandb.co.uk. Also South Downs Bunkhouse, with 20 beds. www.southdownsbunkhouse.co.uk. Tel: 01798 831100.  

p118 Amberley.  Foxleigh Barn, New Barn Road, Amberley BN18 9LT. 01798 839113.  Camping open Easter to October. Dogs on leads accepted. £20 per 2 person pitch per night, facilities toilet & shower.

p162 Alfriston. Highcroft B&B has closed.

 

September 2016

p86 Map 7. There's a temporary SDW route around Exton as well as the official one. This can confuse walkers as the usual blue acorn way markers are still in place but sometimes there's only a signpost saying 'South Downs Way Temporary Route', or even both versions. The temporary route takes the walker around the south of the village while the official route remains to the north.

p87 Corhampton. The Bucks Head has changed its opening times to the following:
Food: Mon-Sat, 12.00 - 2.30 and 5.30 - 8.30. Sun, 12.00 - 2.00pm.
Bar: Mon - Fri, 12.00 - 3.00 and 5.30 - 11.00pm. Sat, 12.00 - 11.00pm. Sun, 12.00 - 7.00pm.

p117 Map 22 and p123 Map 23. The 'Gate and Info Board' referred to on Map 23  is now just a gate. The Info Board is now positioned on Map 22 where the book indicates the GPS waypoint 075.

p128 Map 26. The Dew Pond indicated here is actually further down the path (walking south westwards) within the right angled corner of the SDW directly opposite where the map indicates GPS waypoint 088.

p134 Map 28. The text at lower left of this map suggests that the walker crosses the field and aims "to right of circle of trees". A reader reports that he cannot see the trees to aim to the right of.

p139 Map 31. There's a good bridleway into Poynings that's not marked on the map. If you follow the SDW down past Saddlescombe Farm (heading west) until you come to the A281, ignore the signposted footpath directly across the road but turn right down the main road instead and after just a few yards the bridleway is clearly signposted on your left. It's marked, although not very clearly, on the OS Landranger map 198 and is a useful route back onto the SDW after a stopover in the village.

p153 Map 37.  The two cattle grids marked on the map on the long concrete track are no longer there.

18 August 2016

p116 Amberley. Two Farm Cottages B&B, Rackham Road, Amberley, West Sussex  BN18 9NT.  Tel: 01798 831266. www.twofarmcottages.co.uk.  The owners used to be at Stream Cottage and have recently moved to run this B&B and they've kept their original phone number. 

Also in Amberley, The Old Bakery B&B has closed.

 

 

8 August 2016

Two readers sent an update on prices for camping, 2 people with a tent :
p136 Trulleigh Hill YHA: £12 pp
p150 Kingston near Lewes. Spring Barn Farm: £12 pp
Gumber Bothy: £12 pp

p160 Alfriston.  Alfriston Camping  £7 pp/night. Has a field for caravans as well.  Facilities include showers and toilets.  www.alfristoncamping.co.uk

 

31 March 2016

p138 Pyecombe. The White House, Church Lane, Pyecombe no longer offers camping.

 

10 March 2016

p116 Houghton Bridge and Amberley  Foxleigh Barn (☎ 01798-839113, pete@foxleighbarn.co.uk) no longer does B&B. They still offer camping between Easter and October for £20 for a two-person pitch and facilities include toilets, shower and camp kitchen. Dogs on leads are accepted.

9 February 2016

p100 South Harting. South Gardens Cottage B&B. The correct email address is: julia@randjholmes.plus.com

 

South Downs Way: Winchester to Eastbourne