SDW meet?

Discussion in 'Places & Planning' started by Enzo, Sep 22, 2018.

  1. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

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    I was thinking it might be nice to get a south downs way meet organised for the autumn?
    Last one was good :thumbsup:
    I think the general feeling was that people prefer linear routes, I certainly do but was conscious of people getting to train stations/parked cars etc.
    In my opinion the best bit is devils Dyke to Amberley, conveniently there are train stations near to both... About 15 miles.
    What do people think?
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  2. Davy

    Davy Section Hiker

    I'd be up for this, family commitments permitting. Based on last year's bikepacking jolly, it's muddy when wet.
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  3. Dave Vaughan

    Dave Vaughan Moderator Staff Member

    Like the sound of this, as long as I can get time off work.
  4. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    You could end a walk with dry boots Dave ;-)
  5. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    I am interested depending on dates :)
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  6. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Boss is away at a hen do this weekend so I can't confirm any dates but perhaps as people find free weekends they can post them and we can converge on a date?
    I'm thinking between next few weekends to November?
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  7. Jmws

    Jmws Trail Blazer

    Date depending, I could be in for this.
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  8. NEEpps

    NEEpps Trail Blazer

    Are you planning on making it an overnighter? If so may I suggest starting from Lewes then wild camping at Chactonbury ring, following day is a short walk to Amberley.
    I thought the nearest station to Devils Dyke was Hassocks, which is a good few miles away.
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  9. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Ultralighter

    I could definitely be interested in this...would have to check into how to get places from Horsham
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  10. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Sounds good to me @NEEpps, you know the area better than me so happy to hand over route if you fancy it?
    I was thinking overnight. How many of us do you think the Ring will take?
    Lewes would up the mileage, how many miles are people up for?
  11. NEEpps

    NEEpps Trail Blazer

    You're right the mileage might be too high from Lewes (34km). Were you thinking of Hassocks station?
    From what I remember of the Ring there was plenty of space. If you decide on a route and are thinking of camping here I can have a quick drive down there and check again.
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  12. Davy

    Davy Section Hiker

    Loads of space at Chanctonbury ring, its a popular spot so if the weather is good there will likely be folk there somewhere. The best views go first...
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  13. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Yes I was thinking of hassock, your right its a couple of miles north of the trail. Best I could come up with . about 17 miles from hassocks to Amberley, looks like 10 from hassocks to ring then 7 to Amberley.
  14. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    In theory the 2nd, 3rd and 4th weekends in October are possible for me although I may be able rearrange the 1st weekend at a push.

    Could manage November too but the days will be shorter by then.
  15. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Good, first dates.
    Yup longer evening means I may bring a bigger shelter and some port :)
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  16. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    @DuneElliot the train line goes straight from Amberley to Horsham so getting home at least looks easy :)
  17. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Ultralighter

    Yup, I've been through it. I could probably convince someone for a ride but I can't think of doing anything until later in October...need to get a little settled first
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  18. NEEpps

    NEEpps Trail Blazer

    I'm interested but cannot do any w/end until the 1st November, (Party on the 4th, Dartmoor on the 18th, kids w.end away 25th)
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  19. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I'm easy
    Day length isn't going to be an issue at the Milages were talking about.
  20. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Ultralighter

    Weekend of 20th or 27th would be ideal for me, but could do later. 15 miles would be an easy weekend. What do Halloween parties look like in England?
  21. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Round my way Halloween is becoming a bigger deal. Much more like what I imagine in the States than when I was a kid.
  22. Padstowe

    Padstowe Section Hiker

    When I was a kid we used to go round the doors asking for nuts & apples at halloween (samhain). Always makes me laugh when people think its an american thing, sure they stole it just like they did everything else. :whistling:
  23. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Ultralighter

    Definitely didn't steal it...but definitely made it commercial. sadly. Since I am a ren faire junky I like any excuse to don my war skirt.

    But this is off track. I was just wanting to avoid Halloween for the hike if possible
  24. Padstowe

    Padstowe Section Hiker

    Could be the best time to hike as the realms of the sidhe are open you just might find an entrance to a sidh :)
    €30 return to Gatwick around that time, sounds nice :)
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  25. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Not sure stole it covers it, I heard a description of the war of independence as a British civil war. Makes sense to me. So shall we say we diverged?
    Either way its great round here, the kids love it and people are really kind.
    Agreed we should avoid Halloween, but camping on an ancient hill fort would be pretty cool. Anyone remember 'the box of delights'? Wolves are running!
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