About 12 miles
3 out of 10
OS Explorer OL8 (Chichester) and OL10 (Arundel).
You'll need an OS Map, or a guidebook to the SDW with maps
This is a ridge walk along the South Downs Way (SDW) along a good, easy to follow path. There are fine views in the moring. The afternoon is forested, so even though you're on top of the ridge, its like walking along a forested trail. There might be better views in winter
At Coking its a (regular) bus ride to Chichester. Or stay overnight, and continue along the SDW towards Petersfield
There are no pubs or other refreshment stops on this walk
If you walk in ther other direction, there is a nice pub in Amberley to finish in.
Divert north to Midhurst
Midhirst is a pretty village with better bus service. Not walk checked. Cocking has good bus connections, but the train journey from Chichester is longer and more expensive. As an alternative, Midhurst is just a few miles north of Cocking, has a direct bus connections back to the starting point.
|South Downs Way||
This walk is one of 9 stages of the South Downs Way - a 109 mile national long distance path - that traverses the South Downs National Park in South East England.
Bus Travel from Cocking
There is a bus stop where the SDW meets the main road, or you can walk 1km north to Cocking village where there is the Blue Bell restaurant-pub to wait for the bus.
The 'change buses in Midhurst' trick does not work on the Amberley-Cocking walk. On Mon-Sat only, you could take the #60 north to Midhurst, then change to the #1 to Pulborough (see below). However, it costs an exorbitant £8 ("Dayrider Gold")
Theses bus details were correct in Jul-16, but are very likely to change - check before you travel using:
Taxi: "Paddy Cars. £20 to Haslemere for up to 7 people. t: 01730 263263 | 01730 262279. Folks can relax in the Bluebell Inn while waiting - journey time about 25 mins". You need to book in advance on sunny summer weekends.
Places to Stay
2-Day Walk : Petersfield to Cocking to Amberley via the SDW
This makes a great 2 day walk. Buy a period return to Chichester (where the 2 rail routes converge, or 2 singles). Cocking is a hamlet with a pub-restaurant. Midhurst, to the north is a small town.
Bus Travel from Midhurst Updated Jul-16
There are 4 routes to choose from.
Waterloo line to Haslemere / Petersfield
Victoria line to Pulbrough / Amberley / Arundel
Both lines (a more expensive ticket to Chichester, valid for all the above stations)
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Out: (not a train station)
|Map Walk||This walk requires an OS map and a compass or GPS for navigation. You can print out OS maps using the link above.|
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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The directions for this walk are also in a PDF (link above) which you can download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.
Starting in Amberley, follow the SDW to Cocking (clearly waymarked on the ground, and marked on the OS map).
In Cocking, there is a bus stop actually on the SDW, or divert north to the village to the pub
The directions to/from Midhurst haven't been walk checked yet.