Exploring the South Downs Way

A day’s annual leave. Wife at work. Son at school. What better opportunity to explore the South Downs Way…..

Let’s face it, as a runner who loves to run trails I’m lucky to have the South Downs Way on my doorstep. During my #projectultra training I planned to run to Harting Down and travel West along the South Downs Way to Queen Elizabeth Country Park but decided to explore West Harting (and promptly got lost) so never made it to Harting Down. This time I played it safe and drove to Harting Down (it took less than 20minutes) and set off for an out and back run to Cocking.

I was expecting hills aplenty and I wasn’t disappointed. The route profile makes for interesting reading:


I loved it. The planned run was 14 miles but I ended up carrying on beyond Cocking and ended up running 17 miles. Why not, on a sunny day when I’ve nothing to worry about? I want to run more of the South Downs Way. I’m very, very tempted to embrace the challenge of the South Downs Way 100 in 2014. When you’re running along trails like these, with rolling hills and awe inspiring views, time stands still. As long as you don’t look at your Garmin. Well, time does stand still when you accidentally stop it and don’t realise until you’ve run about 1/2 mile….

Here’s a flavour of what I saw. Want to join me next time?







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