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The start of the South Downs Way

A leisurely walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park South Downs starting and finishing in Hampshire, England, about 7.00km (4.35 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:00h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 69m (226ft)
Descent 125m (410ft)
Max. Elevation 170m (557ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 194m (636ft)
Thornacre Farm
Saint John's Street, Winchester
Distance 7.00km
Duration ~2:00h
Ordnance Survey Map
Created by Anonymous Walker on 08 Dec 2016
For most people, the South Downs Way starts in Winchester and ends at Beachy Head. Why this way round? No idea, but this walk explores the 'start' of the route just outside Winchester. There are good bus services to Thornacre Farm, and plenty of connections in Winchester. This route is one of several put together by the South Downs NPA: http://bit.ly/2goc6SV

Walk Functions


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Take the bus (64) from Winchester to Thornacre Farm. Follow the track heading south.
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After a short distance you will reach the South Downs Way. Take the right-hand fork heading south.
About 0.63 km (~0.39 miles) from
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Continue to Cheesefoot Head, then cross the main road.
About 1.26 km (~0.78 miles) from
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Stick to the South Downs Way to climb Telegraph Hill.
About 0.37 km (~0.23 miles) from
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The path sticks to the high ground before dropping into Chilcomb.
About 1.45 km (~0.9 miles) from
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Once through the village, the route heads across the fields just outside Winchester, then over the motorway bridge.
About 0.83 km (~0.52 miles) from
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Finish up in the town, with its famous cathedral and other sites to explore.
About 2.15 km (~1.34 miles) from

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