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South Harting to Amberley

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  • Peaceful stop along the way
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    Foto: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
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A long yet rewarding day of hiking from South Harting to the picturesque village of Amberley.
34,1 km
9:15 h
641 hm
686 hm

Leaving South Harting, come to Harting Down where the trees thin out and views open up again. The path ascends Beacon Hill and then through the wooded Monkton Estate. Cocking Down leads you down to Warren Bottom. A chalk lane leads you back to the top of the Ridgeway, through Heyshott and Graffham Downs nature reserves, then descend to the old Roman road of Stane Street before climbing up Bignor Hill. The trail enters the Arun Valley before arriving in the pretty village of Amberley.

Amberley is a real gem of a village along the South Downs Way. It has a population of around 600 and the village dates back to at least 680 CE. The village is noted for its thatched cottages and its distinctive sandstone buildings (most other villages in the South Downs used flint for building).  Other attractions include the pretty 11th century church and its neighbouring castle, which is now a luxury hotel. There is a museum if you have the time and inclination to learn more about the village's history. There is a village shop with post office and a few pubs/restaurants. 


This is a long day of walking, so be sure to get going bright and early. 
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Sarah Stone
Aktualisierung: 22.09.2020

Höchster Punkt
239 m
Tiefster Punkt
-1 m


The South Downs Way occassionally crosses busy roads, take care when crossing!


If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the South Downs Way map published by Harvey's Maps. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.


If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend Trailblazer's South Downs Way by Jim Manthorpe & Daniel McCrohan.

Food & Drink

Stock up on supplies in South Harting, or ask your accommodation upon check-in if they offer packed lunches. Although you will be walking through towns and villages, café opening hours are not always guaranteed, therefore we recommend taking enough food and drink to see you through until your next overnight location. 

Weitere Infos und Links

Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest.  Click the icons on the map for more information.


South Harting (72 m)
50.968952, -0.883979
50°58'08.2"N 0°53'02.3"W
30U 648572 5648503




*** To help you follow the route with confidence we provide these route notes to help you. The South Downs Way is well waymarked, but we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***

Leave South Harting the same way you entred yesterday. Once you get back to the junction, turn left to rejoin to path in direction Amberley. 

From here the landscape opens up as you pass over Harting Down, another beautiful nature reserve. From here you can enjoy lovely views to the north over the Rother Valley.  At approx. 2 km, carefully cross the B2141 road to rejoin the trail on the other side.

At approx. 3.5 km, you have the option to continue on the official SDW trail as it detours around Beacon Hill, or for those who wish to climb the hill, continue straight ahead to reach the summit. The ascent is quite steep, but much more interesting than the official route to the south, and as usual, you will be rewarded for your efforts with beautiful views!

After descending from Beacon Hill, you will soon join a farm track and cross a cattle grid. Continue straight ahead. At approx. 6 km, come to a T-junction. Be careful here, paying close attention to singage and/or GPX tracks. Turn right to continue on the trail. 

Follow the trail as it heads south-east before entering more woodland, keeping to the main track through the forest. At approx. 8 km, arrive at the Joseph Ostermann memorial, a German pilot who was shot down in 1940 (see Points of Interest for more info). Here take a sharp left turn to continue on the trail, which now goes through the Monkton estate - keep an eye and an ear out for peacocks!

About 500m after the memorial, you'll come across 'The Devil's Jumps' - a couple of Bronze Age Burial grounds in the field to your left. Continue straight ahead on the trail, ignoring side tracks and roads branching off left and right. The trail continues through the pastureland of Cocking Down, from where you can catch views of the Isle of Wight to your right. From here, the trail descends gently towards the busy A286.

At approx. 13.5 km, carefully cross the A286, rejoinging the trail on the otherside. Continue along the trail as it becomes a chalk lane that steadily climbs through fields. Notice that the cottages around here have yellow window frames - such cottages are part of the Cowdray Estate, known for holding national and internation Polo matches. The path continues past Hayshott Down, a local nature reserve, on your left, and woodland on your right. 

At approx. 16.5 km, cross a cattle grid. You will pass Heyshott Down Round Barrow Cemetery on your left. These rubble or earthen 'mounds' dating from the Bronz Age are ancient burial sites. They would be easy to miss if you didn't know what you were looking for! The trail crosses another cattle grid and continue on the obvious track alongside fields and the edge of forests. 

At approx. 22km, the path descends to, and then crosses the busy A285, take care when crossing! Rejoining the trail on the other side, it climbs steadily through trees and fields. As the trail continues to ascend to Bignor Hill, lovely views open up to the south.

At approx. 25 km, you will come across Stane Street, an ancient Roman road (see Point of Interest on digital map for more info). The route continues straight ahead following part of the Roman Road to Bignor Hill.  Look out for the Latin signpost at the car park, which makes for a fun photo opportunity. There are also Roman coins embedded in the path along with chalk and stone. 

At approx. 29 km, arrive at the very busy A29 road - TAKE CARE HERE. Turn left to walk alongside the road for about 100m, before crossing the road to re-join the SDW on the other side. With trees on your left and fields on your right, enjoy views over the fields to the Arun Valley. The trail descends into said valley.

At approx. 31 km, arrive at the River Arun and cross the bridge. After crossing the bridge, turn right, then left, following paths into Amberley. Please check your accommodation information for details of where exactly in Amberley you are staying tonight. 


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50.968952, -0.883979
50°58'08.2"N 0°53'02.3"W
30U 648572 5648503
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Such is the way of British hiking, that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weathers; sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, as is plenty of sun-cream and a healthy respect for the sun.

Walking poles may be helpful on some of the ascents and descents.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.

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