Nice day hike near London on the Saxon Way

Discussion in 'Trips Reports' started by Daymoth, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. Daymoth

    Daymoth Trail Blazer

    This is a stunning walk I did the other day that totally exceded my expectations. Since I live in Surrey and dont own a car, I dont have mountains accessible but the coast is really nice.
    Took a morning train and got to Sandwich by 12.
    From there you walk through green areas and a (surprisingly nice) golfcourse until you reach the sea.
    Then walk south to Deal (lovely, full of flowers and birds now in june).
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    Up St Margaret Cliffs
    Then France according to my phone,
    The stunning cliffs of Dover, end in Dover and train back around 8pm. Made it home by 11pm
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    Really recomend it.
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  2. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Ultralighter

    Good to know. I'm going to be living in Horsham as of October so like to see reports of trails easily accessible from there other than the South and North Downs Ways
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  3. Daymoth

    Daymoth Trail Blazer

    Yay welcome to boring Surrey! The jurassic coast also has outstanding trails accessible in few hours.
  4. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    It is pretty round here though, just got off sdw from Lewes to Eastbourne. There are loads of trails
    St swithins
    Three castles way
    pilgrims way and path
    Ridgeway
    Hangers way
    Greensands way
    Serpents way
    Bored now!
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  5. Daymoth

    Daymoth Trail Blazer

    Havent done this lot, whats the scenery like?
  6. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Well they are mainly Hampshire/surrey/Sussex so pretty English countryside, chalk hangers and greensand woodland. I can walk them all from my house bar the ridgeway (Hampshire/surrey border)
  7. Daymoth

    Daymoth Trail Blazer

    :pSo boring green hills.

    I think the area is lovely. I just find the coast more interesting.
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  8. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Yes boring green hills...:rolleyes:
    What ive seen of the SWCP is cracking I'll grant you.
    But I'm kinda post coast.
    My misses is pretty much a mermaid so no getting away from it!
    Don't tell anyone but as impressive as the mountains are in the UK, Im not totally convinced that the bog/heathland setting is as pretty as boring green hills...:eek:
  9. Clare

    Clare Section Hiker

    I set off to do a few days on the South Downs way a few weeks ago. I kinda assumed, that being SE England and densely occupied that there would be shops and stuff in the villages to buy food, so I packed one emergency dried meal and had a bit of cake that I picked up in Eastbourne. So wrong, by the second night I had nothing at all to eat and the only thing I could find was a mars bar from a pub. The pub was 6 miles from where I intended to stop for the night so couldn't have had my dinner there. Turns out you have to carry food as if walking in the wilderness.
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  10. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    We did very little milage this weekend, my misses isn't used to walking, she's a swimmer. But we ate and DRANK well. Lewes and Alfriston.
    I've done hardly any long walks this year, but hopefully will try and get some fitness back, and have a go at doing it over a long weekend.
  11. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Ultralighter

    Not all of the SDW is like that. I did a lot of town to town hikes in the middle section near Arundel and would have had no problems with resupply.
  12. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Guess it depends on daily Milages, if your doing 10 mile days I'm sure resupply could get tricky in places, let alone finding somewhere to camp, 40's, less of a problem.

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