Walk 21 – Harting Down Time
DATE: Tuesday 23 August 2022
START LOCATION: Harting Down Car Park
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DISTANCE: 10 miles
DURATION: approx 4 hours 30 mins
No Petersfield Walking Festival programme would be complete without a walk from Harting Down along the South Downs Way. And who better to lead such a walk than the Friends of the South Downs. This walk starts and finishes on the SDW and crosses no less than 9 Downs along its 10-mile route. The walk could almost be called a Downland scavenger hunt! Do you know your Main Down from your Booker Down and Compton Down? Compton provides a well-positioned refreshment stop, for those who would like to support either the Tea Rooms or Coach and Horses pub. However, if a picnic is more your thing then the village well is also a comfy spot conveniently located between the two eateries. The route ends on a high, literally and metaphorically, as you climb up to enjoy the stunning view for which Harting Down is famous.
The Friends of the South Downs was founded in 1923 to fight proposed development on the Downs. They are the only membership organisation dedicated to conserving and enhancing the beauty and amenities of the South Downs National Park. Throughout the year they organise over 200 interesting and varied guided walks and strolls which stretch across the whole of the national park. This extensive programme caters for different levels of fitness and interests. By refurbishing sections of the South Downs Way and replacing worn out stiles with kissing gates, they also work to improve access to the South Downs, while carefully designed benches provide an opportunity to take in the wonderful views.