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.
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.
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Buchtipps für die Region
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.