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South Downs Way

 The SDW is a 105 mile National Trail running between Winchester in Hampshire and Eastbourne, East Sussex.  I completed it in sections in 2003: Eastbourne to Alfriston (Seven Sisters), Eastbourne to Southease (Bridleway), Southease to Pyecombe, Pyecombe to Amberley, Amberley to Buriton, Buriton to Winchester (Hampshire).

This was my first National Trail and a wonderful introduction to long distance walking.  The first couple of sections are probably the most spectacular, with Seven Sisters and Devils Dyke being the most memorable.

I took many pictures on this walk and a selection follow.


Eastbourne to Alfriston (via Seven SIsters)

2003 - 10.5 Miles

Looking Back Over Eastbourne

Seven Sisters and Belle Toute Lighthouse

Eastbourne to Southease (Inland)

? 2003 - 14.5 Miles

Eroded paths approaching Alfriston

Alfriston Church

Beddingham Transmitters

Southease to Pyecombe

Saturday 29 March 2003 - 14.5 Miles

Somewhere - I dunno!  Nice though innit...

My carcass at the Keymer Post

Pyecombe to Amberley

? 2003 - 20.5 Miles

The climb up to Jack and Jill from Hassocks Station

A view over the weald between Pyecombe and Amberley


Amberley to Buriton

? 2003 - 23 Miles

At Amberley, I still had to walk on a couple of miles into Petersfield as I had missed the last bus.

Just off the way - Buriton duck pond

The long walk to Petersfield (after 23 miles)

Buriton to Winchester

August 2003 - 24 Miles

Bus from Petersfield to Buriton.  Walked to Winchester and stayed in the wonderful YH situated (at the time) in the mill.  Finished walk around 2130!  The next day - had shuftie round the town, then train back home, a rosy glow of a job well done.

Fingerpost near Buriton

Butser Hill - A3 in distance (luvvly!)

The old mill at Winchester


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