The Downs to the Sea - practicalities

1. Walking days
We walked for an hour out of Petersfield on day 1 to get to Buriton for the night, making a total of three days including travel, but it could be done in two. It's about 23 miles.

It could also be done as an extension to The Hangers Way (from Alton), making 4 days in all.

2. Getting there and away
From London: Train from London Waterloo to Petersfield; just over an 1 hour.
Getting away: Train from Chichester to London Victoria or Waterloo; 2.5 hours (we had to take a Sunday replacement bus service to Littlehampton and then get the train).

3. Leaflet & Map
The Staunton Way leaflet from Hamshire County Council gives a good idea of the first part of the walk: www3.hants.gov.uk/staunton-way.pdf. The Ordnance Survey map 120 (Chichester) is essential.

4. The route: Prices quoted are of March 2012, for a double room.
Day 1: Train to Petersfield (pm). Walk 2.5 miles to Buriton.
Buriton accomodation: choice of 2 pubs; we stayed at The Maple Inn (previously named The Master Robert Inn), GU31 5SW. £70. Tel 01730 267275. www.buriton.info/maple_inn
Day 2: Walk 5 miles Buriton to Rowlands Castle; (am). Choice of lunch pubs
Walk about 4.5 miles Rowlands Castle to Emsworth; (pm). B&B at Jingles, 73 & 77 Horndean Road, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7PU. £65. Tel: 01243 373755. www.thejingles.co.uk
Day 3: Walk 5 miles Emsworth to Chidham; (am); lovely lunch at The Old House At Home.
Walk 6 miles Chidham to Chichester; (pm). Train to London.