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 on: March 23, 2017, 03:23:51 pm 
Started by Mason - Last post by Mason
The Story of Bill Lobban


 on: December 07, 2016, 01:51:53 pm 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
My original plan was to drive from the Midlands in the early hours of the Friday morning before commencing my 18-mile first day's walk. I had investigated staying the Thursday night in Winchester but the prices were prohibitive for a solo traveller. Imagine my surprise when I received a message from Booking.com, informing me that the Days Inn lodge at Sutton Scotney, just 10 miles north of Winchester, had rooms for my date at just 5 GBP per night. Now booked and confirmed Grin. Much better than a 130-mile drive prior to a 10-hour hike. Result  Smiley Smiley Smiley.

 on: November 28, 2016, 04:58:43 pm 
Started by Jack - Last post by Jack
 Shocked Roll Eyes Great news for those Great Glen Way-ers. The hostel on Loch Ness at Altsigh, is now open for business again renamed "The Lochside Hostel, Loch Ness" and will be taking bookings for the new year shortly. They have a new up-to-date website, giving details of what they will be providing for us intrepid travellers. I wish the new owners the very best of luck, in their new venture, and will be booking my place, come the new year.

 on: November 02, 2016, 10:37:44 pm 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
I have now successfully completed my accommodation bookings for my stroll along the South Downs Way in July 2017, none of which is far from the path.  Smiley Smiley.
End of day 1 at the Wetherdown Lodge, East Meon. (part of the Sustainability Centre.)
End of day 2 at the bunkhouse at Moonlight Cottage, Cocking.
End of Day 3 at the Harkaway B&B in Bury, near Amberley.
End of day 4 at the Truleigh Hill Youth Hostel.
End of Day 5 at the South Downs Way Youth Hostel.
End of day 6 at the Chestnuts B&B in Alfriston.

This itinerary gives me daily totals of (approx. ) 18 miles, 17 miles, 12 miles, 15 miles, 20 miles, 8 miles and a 10 mile amble in to Eastbourne before catching the train back to Winchester, via Southampton. Hopefully, summer in Hampshire and Sussex should be reasonably pleasant and warm. We shall see.

Still unable to locate a bag-carrying service at a reasonable price. Looks like I shall be toting my own stuff but packing light  Angry.

 on: October 20, 2016, 11:39:32 am 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
My plans to walk the South Downs Way in July 2017 are now well advanced. I have discovered many difficulties and much information that may be of use to fellow walkers of this 100-mile route.
1) The Flint Barns bunkhouse at Alfriston is only available to large groups. No solo facility at all.
2) Alfriston Youth Hostel has closed down.
3) The Youth Hostel at Warningcamp has also closed down.
4) Moonlight Cottage and Tea Rooms in Cocking now has a bunkhouse facility  Smiley.
5) There is now a Youth Hostel at Itford Hill, near Southease. Known as the South Downs Hostel.
6) There is only one bag-carrying service for those people arranging their own walks. Sadly it is £22 per drop, meaning that, for a 6-night, 7-day, event, this would cost £132  Angry. This is more than 3 times what I paid when walking the West Highland Way in Spring 2016, over the same timescale, and would encourage me to pack light and carry my own belongings.

More details as they become available.

 on: October 18, 2016, 08:40:07 am 
Started by Jacquetta - Last post by Jacquetta
This topic has been moved to South Downs Way:


 on: September 29, 2016, 08:37:30 pm 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
Looking at taking on the South Downs Way in 2017, over 7 days. Much has changed since the Rucksack Reader was published in 2011 and I feel that other walkers may benefit from news and updates as I prepare to book accommodation and transport. A Good Beer Guide for the walk may also follow  Cheesy.

 on: August 12, 2016, 05:10:51 pm 
Started by davem - Last post by Buggiba
I have used Travel-Lite for each of the 3 occasions I have walked the WHW and never found them wanting. An excellent service at a very reasonable price. Much better than carrying your home on your back.

 on: August 12, 2016, 04:44:14 pm 
Started by Jack - Last post by Jacquetta
Here is all I've found so far:
Natural England, the non-departmental government body, aims to negotiate a Lincolnshire coastal path from the Humber to the Wash by 2020. ... The Lincolnshire coast, from the Humber to the Wash, is 120 miles of sand banks, samphire beds, salt marshes and nature reserves.

To read the full article, visit this page.

This is a much more ambitious scheme than the long-standing (north) Norfolk Coast Path that opened in 1986.

 on: August 12, 2016, 04:37:32 pm 
Started by Jack - Last post by Jacquetta
Great to hear your update, Jack, and well done. I don't think that 10 hours is slow for 20 miles, especially carrying heavy loads. Lots of people think they walk at 3 mph - and maybe they do on flat city pavements!

For long days, I regard 2mph as a sensible guideline for hilly country and rough terrain, because although I'm sometimes faster, arriving earlier is then a bonus. Cautious expectations are a good safety factor.

Anyway it's wonderful that you enjoyed it again, and thanks for posting.

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