On the downs after lunch

On the downs after lunch

Petersfield to Cocking walk

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Descending to Cocking

Descending to Cocking

Petersfield to Cocking walk

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Buriton

Buriton

old burial ground/picnic site

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Buriton

Buriton

POND & CHURCH

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BEACON HILL, South Downs Way

BEACON HILL, South Downs Way

Summitting Beacon Hill, it's that man again! (Our High Commander, DAC)

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DESCENDING BEACON HILL

DESCENDING BEACON HILL

S Downs Way near Cocking

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Fallen Battle of Britain flier

Fallen Battle of Britain flier

AIRMAN'S CRASHSITE TRIBUTE ON SOUTH DOWNS WAY Hauptmann......

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South Downs Way 3 : Petersfield to Cocking walk

Follows the South Downs Way along the crest of the South Downs with good 360 degree views throughout.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Sat, 02-Dec-17 11

Saturday Walk - South Downs Way Section 3: Petersfield to Cocking

South Downs Way Section 3: Petersfield to Cocking (return by bus to Haslemere) (map-led)
Length: 20.3 km (12.6 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 430/390m
Net Walking Time: 5 ½ hours
Toughness: 6 out of 10
Take the 09.00 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (Woking 09.25), arrives Petersfield 10.00. From Battersea Central (a.k.a. Clapham Junction) take the 8.52 Portsmouth & Southsea service, change at Haslemere (09.45/09.49).
In Cocking take bus line 60 to Midhurst (xx.40 until 18.40, takes 13 minutes) and change there to bus line 70 to Haslemere (xx.00 until 18.00, then 19.05), through-tickets are supposedly available. Return trains from Haslemere are four per hour. Buy a Petersfield return.
Shorter Walk: bus 54 back to Petersfield from South Harting, either from Uppark House (on the main road) at 16.12 or from outside the pub (16.15).
Lunch: Picnic or The White Hart in South Harting (10.3 km/6.4 mi, 1 km off route downhill, food to 15.00) or the Café at Uppark (10.3 km/6.4 mi, 1 km off route but not downhill, NT membership or ticket needed, open 10.00-16.00).
Tea: The Bluebell in Cocking, plenty of options in Midhurst.
For summary, map, height profile, some photos and gpx/kml files click here.t=swc.155
Intend going!
10 off the train plus 1 other who had missed the train by a fraction and decided to take the next one and (having no route map and only the details from the walk posting) somehow make her way to the lunch pub and link up with the group there. At Petersfield she did not go for the easy option of waiting for the 54 bus to take her to South Harting, but walked instead, guided by Google maps, along the roads. That's the spirit!
We successfully negotiated the muddy paths out of Petersfield to lovely Buriton, incl. one diversion due to a closed footpath (housebuilding), and slowly climbed up to the range through deep layers of leaves on ground, to pick up the SDW after a full 75 minutes of walking. Progress was good from there, and hardly any other soul encountered, and views started to emerge from the hills, aided by the lack of leaves on trees. Not long after, decision time had arrived: descend to lunch or continue along the SDW? All of us descended to South Harting, where the roadwalker had already arrived and had blocked a table for us. The White Hart had had a power cut in the morning, so it initially was not clear whether they could serve food, but soon the ok was given: orders would be taken from 12.30. So we had plenty of time to pick our favourites from the sumptious menu. The 9 lunchers had a very satisfying meal, and all n+11 then went back up the hill together to pick up the route again. What a contrast in scenery! p.m. it was all about steep ascents and far views (still no soul in sight, what a luxury on the SDW). We had a close look at the Devils Jumps just off route (a line of barrows aligned with the summer solstice) and eventually descended through pastures to Cocking, where the pub was unfortunately shut (for a month apparently). And while a few considered walking on to Midhurst, the 16.10 bus arrived and we all just jumped on. That meant we had 30+ minutes in Midhurst to wait for the connecting bus to Haslemere, which most of us used for tea and cakes/scones at Fitzcane's Cafe, which were splendid indeed. 17.32 train. dry and without any wind with a beautiful sunset, i.e perfect for the season.
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And the one that missed the 'group' bus at 4.10pm at Cocking and took the later 4.40pm which arrived at 4.50pm (driver guaranteed me reassuringly that I would definitely miss the connection at Midhurst with the 5pm no 70 bus going to Haslemere), caught up with the rest but only thanks to a comfort stop by driver of no 70 and then being held hostage, more or less, by my good and persuasive friend KW (data protection), till my bus arrived at 5.10pm. PHEW that saved an hour waiting in another dark village...

Lessons learned: always have a good and persuasive friend on your walk; and in winter: walk fast, avoid walks with multiple connections/buses in small dark villages and have a charger for your phone...just in case
Thanks K. and congratulations on your wonderful future plans...
Sat, 16-Jul-16 20

Saturday Second Walk - The South Downs (avoiding Southern trains)

SWC Walk 155 - Petersfield to Cocking
Length: 12.4 miles (19.9km) (with shorter option - see below)
Toughness: 6 out of 10: 400 metres of ascent

9.30 train from Waterloo to Petersfield, arriving 10.31

(The 9.27 Exeter St David's service from Clapham Junction connects to the above train at Woking, arriving 9.45, departing 9.55, but this train may be crowded...)

Buy a day return to Petersfield. Book this via the South West Trains website or buy in advance from a SWT ticket office to get its summer £16 day return offer, though in fact with a Network card the fare is only £17.90, so it is not a huge difference.

This walk had a recent outing with the midweek walkers, but on a day of heavy rain when I don't think anyone turned up. But I wanted to give it a Saturday outing anyway (with fingers crossed for nicer weather...)

It is a simple walk along a section of the South Downs Way that is not otherwise covered by SWC walks. For the most part there are no directions (though you can read more about the walk and find a map of the route here) but none are needed, because the route is well waymarked. The exception to this is the initial section south from Petersfield to Buriton, where the SDW is joined. Directions for this can be found at the start of SWC Walk 18 Petersfield to Rowlands Castle which are here. Towards its end, this document also gives brief details of the South Downs route to Cocking (walk 18, option a) so is worth printing in its entirety.

Lunch on this walk is either at the White Hart in South Harting, approximately 6 miles into the walk, requiring a descent from the downs (it may be worth calling 01730 825 124 before doing this to check they have room), or at Uppark, a National Trust property just to the south of the route, which has the usual NT cafe serving limited hot food options till 2.30pm and tea and cakes until 4pm (note: this is open Saturdays too, not just Sunday to Thursday as the walk details say). I have no idea if this cafe is accessible without paying admission to Uppark, however (for NT members this is not an issue, obviously)

SHORTER OPTION

If you want to visit Uppark, or are just feeling lazy, there are buses (number 54 or 91) from outside the pub at South Harting at 16.15, 16.21 and 18.22 to Petersfield station, taking 20 minutes. I calculate the walk to South Harting as 6 miles and if you visit Uppark, 7 miles. You could even be ultra laid back and have an early lunch at the Five Bells in Buriton, just 4km/2.5 miles into the walk.

MAIN WALK AFTERNOON

Just after lunch, note that SDW skirts to the south of Beacon Hill, but you can save 1km off the walk (though adding a strenuous ascent) by simply climbing straight up over the hill: excellent views on the top. You rejoin the SDW on the far side of the hill.

After that you can just stay on the South Downs Way until it crosses the A286: there is a bus stop here, served by the same buses as Cocking, only a few minutes earlier. Better, though, to take the path slanting down to Cocking a kilometre earlier (see route map). Here the Bluebell Inn offers end of walk refreshments and is open all afternoon.

To get back from Cocking, you need to take bus number 60 north to Midhurst - 40 minutes past the hour until 18.40 - 14 minutes journey time. All buses have a ten minute connection at Midhurst to the number 70 (departing on the hour till 18.00, then 19.05), which then takes you to Haslemere station, a 25 minute journey.

Alternatively a joint taxi to Haslemere is not out of the question and may not be any more expensive. The walk document mentions a taxi firm that did an 8 seater taxi to Petersfield for £30, but does not give a phone number. If anyone knows more, please add a comment.

Trains back from Haslemere are at 02, 15, 32, and 39 past, the 02 and 32 being a bit faster.

The Taxi company used was Paddy Cars t: 01730 263263 | 01730 262279
Journey Cost for a 4 seater was £20 last year but the diver said a 7 seater would cost the same. So yes, quite comparable with the Bus fare (unless you have a bus pass!)
Oops! driver even no he wasn't adorned with a snorkel
Keen to do this walk anyone else?
Yes, I am

I'm joining this one. I'm in for taxi sharing. Pub or packed lunch?
20 on this walk, surprised to be greeted on disembarking at Petersfield by blazing sunshine, which lasted till mid afternoon after which it clouded up. The walk down to Buriton was full of flowers and butterflies and the shade of trees was very welcome in the climb onto the downs.

This is a different kind of South Downs Way from the more familiar sections further east. Quite wooded and with big sections on tracks and lanes. The first half would actually make a good bluebell walk and it would not be a bad autumn colour outing either.

Once on the downs the group fragmented. At least four went to Uppark to see that National Trust site and I heard two managed to get a bus to Peterfield from there. The sandwich eaters stayed on the ridge while six of us descended to South Harting for lunch two more were supposed to come but perhaps missed the turn off. The White Hart in South Harting was friendly and had a nice garden but its mains were hideously expensive, so many of us opted for baguettes and chips. After lunch we found an homemade ice cream seller on Harting Down.

It then clouded up but the scenery in this mid section was wonderful classic grassy downland, with lots of ups and downs and great views. After more woodland (and a fleeting glimpse of a rare white admiral butterfly) there was a long track section through flowery meadows and a beautiful descent to Cocking, perhaps the best scenery of the walk.

It was a shame to rush this last bit but the last bus from Cocking at 6,40pm loomed (actually there are later buses but they do not have connections to Haslemere). We were all set to take a taxi and have time for a longer drink but the publican said taxis were all booked to 9pm. So having at last got a really big pot of tea out of a pub I had to wolf it down (raising my oesophageal cancer risk another notch). The two buses, connecting in Midhurst, then got us efficiently back to Haslemere, though at £4.80 for the combined fare, I think a taxi would have been competitive in price had we been able to get one.
PS Some photos of this outing on the Saturday Walkers Club Facebook page (yes, we do have one)
Re Bus at Uppark National Trust: The bus 54 stops on the main road at 16:12 just outside the car entrance to the National Trust. The main road is about 5 10 mins walk (600m) through the woods from the ticket office of the National Trust. Fare costs £3.80 to Petersfield. You need to across the road (no bus stop sign) and stand opposite the bus stop for Petersfield to Chichester services. Stick your arm out with a smile when the bus comes.

Re Lunch at National Trust Cafe: You do need to buy a ticket (£10 if you are not a National Trust or Art Fund member) to access the cafe. However, there is a National Trust snack van parked by the ticket office, but probably not suitable if you need lunch.
it was a walk full of beautiful wild flowers, added to which a pretty bird with a fluffy yellow head flew into the hedgerow ahead of us. I think it was a yellowhammer.
It was a yellowhammer, yes. There were loads of them singing all day too.
Wed, 29-Jun-16

Mid-week day walk - Petersfield to Cocking

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Petersfield to Cocking

The South Downs

Book 3* Walk 155

* Online only

Length: 20 Km or 12.5 miles
Toughness: 4 out of 10
Getting there: Catch the 10:00 am from London Waterloo train to Portsmouth Harbour and alight at Petersfield.
Calling stations are :
  • Woking dep 10:25
  • Guildford dep 10:34
Clapham Junctioneers should catch the 9:52am to Portsmouth Harbour and alight at Woking (10:11 am) and wait for the 10:25 described above. At the time of writing both trains use platform 5

Meeting point: Petersfield Station at 11:00 am

Tickets and travel: Get the Southwest Trains £16 special offer ticket. (Those of a more senior age may do better with a Freedom Pass and Senior Rail Card)
Note that the special offer ticket needs to bought before midnight on the day of travel.
On a further note, the confirmation email contains a prominently displayed booking reference. Disregard this and use the collection reference which you may find about half way through the email in order to pick up your tickets.
(On the last SW rail trip, a savvy walker took a smart phone picture of the acknowledgement screen on the SW rail web site which shows the collection reference in large font prominently displayed.)
Finally there are pre-paid only ticket collection points at Waterloo which may be a better bet to pick your tickets up on.

Note there is no station at the end of the walk and the best option is probably to share a taxi back to Haslemere. Walkers on the last visit paid £20 for a four seater, however the driver indicated a seven seater was available for the same cost.
The Taxi company used was Paddy Cars t: 01730 263263 | 01730 262279

There is also the option to return using buses ...
Take the #60 north to Midhurst, then change to the #70 to Haslemere. This costs a reasonable £4.60 ("transfer ticket") and works quite well.
Check the last bus time!
Online bus timetables have always been a bit of a mystery for me but I suggest http://www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk/ as a useful starting point.

Serious walkers may wish to board overnight in the Five Bells and continue to Amberly on the following day doing Walk thirty three in reverse. If you're planning on doing this, I suggest you seek advice on the best train tickets to buy. Amberly Station is served by Southern, so there might be the odd cancellation .

Brief Description:
This is a ridge walk along the South Downs Way (SDW). A good, easy to follow path, with only gentle ups and downs, and fine 360 degree views for most of the way.

From Petersfield Station, the walk goes through the town square, then heads south from to Buriton (4 km) along the Hangars Way following a small stream. There is an option for very early pub lunch in Buriton (but you'd have a long afternoon section afterwards.)

Then it's up on to the ridge for the main part of the walk (15 km) which follows the SDW along the crest of the South Downs ridge, with only gentle ups and downs, past Tower Hill (has a folly), Beacon Hill (242 metres, ancient hill fort, free admission), Treyford Hill and Linch Ball (hill, trig point just north of the SDW path).

At Harting Down, just before Beacon Hill, you can head 1km north down off the ridge to the White Heart in South Harting if you want a pub lunch there. (Picnickers may prefer to stay on the Downs).
A little further on, you can head 1km south to Uppark, a NT Historic Country House with a tea room (you need to pay admission to enter). These are the only refreshment possibilities on this part of the walk.
The SDW meets the A286 road just south of Cocking which has a bus stop. Optionally, leave the SDW 1.5k earlier on Cocking Down, and head north east along a path towards Cocking village (1km north along the A286 road) which has the Blue Bell Inn. This opens at 6pm and gives you a chance to take refreshments while waiting for your bus or taxi.
You may find full details here


Suggested Lunch and Tea stops

The White Hart, South Harting, GU31 5QB, 01730 825124, 1km off the route, below the ridge.
Uppark NT cafe - admission required (don't forget your NT card if you're a member) - Open to 5:00pm
The Five Bells High Street, Buriton GU31 5RX (01730 263584) Food served every day 12 - 2.30pm. A very early stop 4 km from the start of the walk.

The Blue Bell Inn Cocking open from 6:00pm

Explorer Maps 133 and 120

Return train times from Haslemere:

There are frequent trains from Haslemere to Waterloo at approximately 15 minute intervals

If you want to shorten the walk, there are regular buses from the lunchtime pub in South Harting back to Petersfield station.
The bus from Cocking seems to work well enough.

17.40 from Cocking to Midhurst, arrive 17.54, changing to the 18.00 to Haslemere arriving 18.27

Or 18.40 from Cocking arriving Midhurst 18.54, changing to the 19.05 to Haslemere, arriving 19.29.

This is the last bus from Midhurst, though there is a 19.37, 20.07 adn 21.07 from Cocking to Midhurst
Wed, 13-May-15

Midweek Day Walk - Petersfield to Cocking

Petersfield to Cocking

The South Downs

Book 3* Walk 155

* Online only

Length: 20 Km or 12.5 miles
Toughness: 4 out of 10
Getting there: Catch the 10:00am from London Waterloo to Petersfield
Calling stations are :
  • Woking dep 10:25
  • Guildford dep 10:34
Clapham Junctioneers should catch the 9:52am to Woking to arrive there at 10:11 and wait for the 10:25 described above.

Meeting point: Petersfield Station at 11:00 am

Tickets: Buy a Cheap Day Return to Petersfield
Or buy a Cheap Day Return to Chichester (valid via Petersfield) if you wish to travel on the bus from Cocking to Chichester
Brief Description:
This is a request by a regular Wednesday strider and is a ridge walk along the South Downs Way (SDW). A good, easy to follow path, with only gentle ups and downs, and fine 360 degree views for most of the way. It is best to bring a picnic, as the only pubs are very early, or at the bottom of the South Downs ridge which you need to re-ascend afterwards.
From Petersfield Station, the walk goes through the town square, then heads south from to Buriton (4 km) along the Hangars Way following a small stream. There is an option for very early pub lunch in Buriton
Then its up on to the ridge for the main part of the walk (15 km) which follows the SDW along the crest of the South Downs ridge, with only gentle ups and downs, past Tower Hill (has a folly), Beacon Hill (242 metres, ancient hill fort, free admission), Treyford Hill and Linch Ball (hill, trig point just north of the SDW path).
At Harting Down, just before Beacon Hill, you can head 1km north head, down off the ridge to the pub in South Harting. A little further, you can head 1km south to Uppark, a NT Historic Country House with a tea room (you need to pay admission to enter). These are the only refreshment possibilities on this part of the walk.
The SDW meets the A286 road just south of Cocking which has a bus stop. Optionally, leave the SDW 1.5k earlier on Cocking Down, and head north east along a path towards Cocking village (1km north along the A286 road) which has the Blue Bell Inn ( appropriately named for this time of year!). This opens at 6pm and gives you a chance to take refreshments while waiting for your bus. There is a good bus connections south to Chichester, or catch the same bus north to Midhurst, where you can change for Haslemere (on the same line as Petersfield, so a much cheaper train ticket).

You may find full details here


Suggested Lunch and Tea stops


The Five Bells High Street, Buriton GU31 5RX (01730 263584) Food served every day 12 - 2.30pm. Located 4 km from the start of the walk.
The White Hart, South Harting, GU31 5QB, 01730 825124, 1km off the route, below the ridge.
Uppark NT cafe - admission required (don't forget your NT card if you're a member) - Open to 5:00pm
The Blue Bell Inn Cocking open from 6:00pm

Explorer Maps 133 and 120
Buses from Cocking to Haslemere
Take the #60 north to Midhurst, then change to the #70 to Haslemere. This costs a reasonable £4.60 ("transfer ticket") and works quite well.
Check the last bus time!
Return train times from Haslemere:

17:15 Haslemere [HSL] Platform 2 London Waterloo [WAT] at 18:14
17:32 Haslemere [HSL] Platform 3 London Waterloo [WAT] at 18:27
17:37 Haslemere [HSL] Platform 2 London Waterloo [WAT] at 18:43
18:02 Haslemere [HSL] Platform 3 London Waterloo [WAT] at 18:59
18:15 Haslemere [HSL] Platform 3 London Waterloo [WAT] at 19:13
18:32 Haslemere [HSL] Platform 3 London Waterloo [WAT] at 19:29
19:02 Haslemere [HSL] Platform 2 London Waterloo [WAT] at 19:59
19:15 Haslemere [HSL] Platform 2 London Waterloo [WAT] at 20:14
19:32 Haslemere [HSL] Platform 3 London Waterloo [WAT] at 20:24

Return trains from Chichester are at 17:43, 18:13, 18:37, 19:06 and 20:07 and terminate at London Victoria - Journey time about 1 hour 40 mins

intending to go
+ thanks for posting a.dent but bit too much information ! some of us panic when presented with this level of detail re: train times..
anyone doing the short version of this walk ?
How long is the short version?
From what I can see. you may be able to shorten by about a kilometre or so, but that's all. However I think it's fair to say the majority of walkers won't be rushing.
The weather looks promising in that area for tomorrow. AD
Have a great day's walking tomorrow; I'll be preparing for my Italian adventure on the Amalfi coast.
Sorry for the late notice, but, if any one takes an OS map, would you like to research a route to finish in Midhurst (just north of Cocking, but with more buses).
Andrew, we didn't get a chance to explore an alternative ending into Midhurst. However we did discover a Taxi firm who had 8 seaters and would charge about £30 from Cocking to Petersfield (say just less than £4 a person if filled or a fiver for six people). Folks can relax in the Bluebell Inn while waiting journey time to Petersfield about 25 mins. The White Hart in South Harting has also been revamped and served good food will write up in Walk Feedback
Wed, 21-Aug-13 Petersfield to Cocking [Chichester]
Sat, 03-Aug-13 5 Petersfield to Cocking [Chichester]