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Saturday, 27 January 2018

South Downs Way Section 4: Amberley to Cocking or Midhurst (return by bus to Amberley or Chichester) (map-led)

Length:  18.4 km (11.4 mi) (or 25.5 km to Midhurst)
Ascent/Descent:  417/321m
Net Walking Time:  4 ½ hours
Toughness:  6 out of 10 
Take the 09.49 Southampton Central train from Victoria (CJ 09.55, EC 10.04), arrives Amberley 10.58.
In Cocking on the A road take bus line 60 either south to Chichester (xx.15 and xx.45) or north to Midhurst (xx.08 and xx.38, takes 15 minutes) and change there to bus line 1 to Amberley  (15.30, 16.30, 17.40, 30 mins journey) [note: the last bus at 18.45 isn’t much help, as it badly connects to the train].
Return trains from Chichester are only one per hour today due to trackworks: xx.00 (change at Barnham), from Amberley they are also hourly on xx.28 to 18.28, then 18.59, 20.30…
Buy a Chichester return to keep all bus options open, buy a Chichester (All Routes) return to keep open the option to also return via Havant to Waterloo, else buy an Amberley return.

To quote the website: “This is a ridge walk along the South Downs Way (SDW) along a good, easy to follow path. There are fine views in the morning. The afternoon is forested, so even though you're on top of the ridge, it’s like walking along a forested trail. There might be better views in winter.” There will be.

I was intending to walk this west to east, as the previous SDW stretches we have done, but this way round it makes more sense if some walkers want to extend to Midhurst.  
Longer Walk: from Cocking on the A road walk down to Cocking village (1.4 km) or even on to Midhurst (another 5.7 km).

Lunch: Picnic, or pubs off route and off the downs in Duncton and Graffham.
Tea: The Bluebell in Cocking is now shut, but there are plenty of options in Midhurst and Chichester.

For summary, map, height profile, some photos and gpx/kml files click here. t=swc.33

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