LOCAL HEALTH WALKS
During 2021, we look forward to enjoying the local countryside on our doorstep.
Our walks will all be on Wednesday afternoons, led by Richard. The distance each week will vary from four to eight miles – we will let you know the week before how far it is. Most walks will be fairly flat but some will include an incline for a relatively short distance, and we are likely to encounter stiles on some of our walks.
You must have: Good walking shoes or boots, Weather-appropriate walking clothes, Water/drinks bottle, moderate fitness
You may wish to carry: a day bag (small rucksack), waterproof/warm clothing, your drinks, snacks / fruit
We have included three "South Downs Way Taster Walks" during 2021 which will be longer and more challenging. This is in preparation for 2022 when we can finally take on the 10-walk South Downs Way Challenge in earnest! These taster walks are included in the timetable - be aware they will be longer and more hilly!
SOUTH DOWNS WAY CHALLENGE 2022
The aim is to complete the 100 mile South Down's Way, walking from Winchester to Eastbourne, in a series of ten Friday walks. Due to the lockdowns we will not be able to walk the whole Way during 2021, so anticipate this starting during Spring 2022.
In the meantime, Richard's guide of the South Down's Way, all the way from Winchester to Eastbourne, is available in 10-walk sections. Click on this link to receive his guide to all 10 walks and get ready for 2022 when we hope to achieve it together in our Health Walks. SDW Challenge 100 Mile Walk.
The distance of each leg varies from approx 8 miles to 13 miles of undulating terrain. Some days will be tougher than others and will depend on length, terrain, weather and your fitness. Three of the longest walks will be the first three (from Winchester to Cocking Hill - 35.9 miles in total).
You must have: Reasonable fitness (there will be hills), Water/drinks bottles (two litres), Waterproof and windproof rain jacket and trousers, Good walking shoes or boots.
You must carry: a day bag (small rucksack), your drinks, a layer or two of dry clothing, your lunch, snacks, fruit.