Leaving Exton, back on the path you quickly ascend Old Winchester Hill where the remains of an impressive Iron Age hill fort can be seen. From here, you can see in all directions, including over the Isle of Wight, explaining the forts strategic military position. Next, you come to Buster Hill, whose summit is a small detour off the trail. The summit is the highest point on the walk at 270m above sea level. Enjoy wonderful views across to South Downs and over the Channel. Shortly after, walk through the woodlands of Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Now you are the on the high ridge and the next few miles are through more woodland, offering shade and protection until you reach the turn for South Harting.
South Harting is a village just off of the SDW. Please note that the main road leading into the village does not have a footpath therefore we recommend following the the route through woodland as described in these notes. The Church of St. Mary & St Gabriel is notable for its imposing statue of the Archangel Gabriel by sculptor Philip Jackson. You'll also find the village stocks still standing just outside the church. There is a good village shop which is also a post office. The White Hart is the only pub in the village, consider reserving your evening meal in advance.
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
Since there are no shops in Exton, 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.
Tips and hintsPlease see the interactive map for notable points of interest. Click the icons on the map for more information.
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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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