Walk 11 - Full of the Joy of Spring, Daffodils...& Renewable Energy

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  • DATE: Saturday 11 March 2023

  • TIME: 10.15 

  • START LOCATION: Cocking Hill (SDW) Car Park

  • POST CODE/GRID REF: GU29 0HT; SU875 166 

  • DISTANCE: 6 miles

  • DURATION: 3 hours (including breaks)

In contrast to most of our walks so far this year, this one has a bit more meat to it. Be prepared for a steep climb up to the Downs at the start and then another more gradual climb half way around. Our partners on this walk, Energise South Downs, are all about generating renewable energy…..and that goes for you as much as our local area!  The route has been planned around the very special wild daffodils found in West Dean Woods. Most of the flowers we see in the countryside today are much larger cultivars. Native, wild daffodils are quite rare and much smaller.

Cocking Hill car park is quite popular with walkers, so your illustrious walk leaders will be freeing up some parking space and arriving by bus. If you would like to join us please park in The Grange car park in Midhurst. Our ‘carriage’ departs from the St Mary & St Francis Catholic Church on Bepton Road at 10.02.

The walk ends at the Flint Barn Cafe beside the Cocking Hill car park. A rather convenient place to wait for the return bus or to enjoy a coffee/lunch at the foot of the Downs….as the weather is as spring-like as both our footsteps and the flowers!



Walk Key

Please look at the festival website ‘Information’ page to understand the walk key, what to wear, advice on medical information, weather plans, arriving before the scheduled departure time etc before deciding if you would like to join this walk.

Walk Pace


Walk Grade

Varying landscape with some more challenging slopes. Suitable for keen walkers or anyone who is reasonably active

Dogs on Lead Welcome

Walk Leader

Energise South Downs’ is a Community Benefit Society whose vision is to cut carbon emissions within the South Downs, and surrounding areas, by replacing carbon intensive energy with community owned and generated renewable energy.

No matter how energy efficient our homes are we still need to use energy, but we can choose where that comes from. Renewable energy is the obvious green choice as it will never run out, does not produce carbon dioxide nor discriminate between rich and poor. However, generating renewable energy in the community goes one step further as it puts people at the heart of the energy system. It brings them together to take democratic climate action by understanding, generating, owning and saving energy. Building a zero-carbon energy system from grassroots ensures inclusion, transparency and trust – all vital ingredients of success. 

If you live in and around the South Downs and would like to know more, please visit the Energise South Downs website or email them at hello@energisesouthdowns.org.uk