Walk 18 - Counting Sheep

  • DATE: Saturday 29 April 2023

  • TIME: 10.00 

  • START LOCATION: Elsted nr South Harting

  • POST CODE/GRID REF: GU31 5QB / SU816 197

  • DISTANCE: 6.5 miles

  • DURATION: 3 hours (including breaks)

Sheep and the Downs go together like hand in fleecy glove. At this time of year there is no better place to see lambs than beneath the scarp slope between Elsted and Didling. This walk climbs the Downs for a birds eye view of the fields below – hopefully full of frolicking lambs. We’ll be joined on our walk through this blissful rural scene by local farmer, historian and walker Andrew Shaxon. 

Expect one steep climb/descent.

Why not plan lunch at The Three Horseshoes Pub, Elsted afterwards 😊🍻

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

A challenging walk, suitable for fit walkers with some experience. Steep gradients and uneven surfaces to be expected

Dogs on Lead Welcome

Walk Leader

Malinka from Rural Strides is a co-organiser of the walking festival. Rural Strides was set up to promote the beauty and variety of the local Weald and Downland area, as a walking destination close to London. With a wealth of knowledge of local routes, hidden gems and where to find nature at its best in every season, Rural Strides is your ideal walking companion for the Hampshire/West Sussex borderlands.