A very good local pub 'The Plough' is only a five minute walk also an M&S 'Simply Food' store. People and luggage transport can be arranged, also horse stabling/paddock available by prior arrangement.
CYCLIST'S GUIDE TO THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY
PUBS ON / NEAR SDW AND PLACES TO STAY
Places to stay
Any suggestions from site visitors.
Following site has list, interactive map, contact etc, b&b, camp, etc
If booking the b&b's below, please say that you came through my site as I get a small commission to help cover the cost of running this site.
B&B on SDw near Washington
Whiteacres B&B. We expect to be opening mid March. Our location is on the South Downs Way 50 yards from the water tap @ Washington.
01903 413974 07887482665
The website has got basic information at the moment, it will be finished when we have taken interior photo`s of the self contained studio style rooms which offer total privacy. Continental breakfasts will be provided on a self catering basis to fit in with individual times of when guest`s want to eat. Bike wash down & secure overnight storage will be available. The nearest pub is in Washington village.
B&B and Bunkhouse, Houghton
We are at Houghton, pretty much the midpoint of the SDW, about 150 metres off the trail.
This is the link to the Bunkhouse website:
There is also our B&B :
B&B at Amberley (on SDW)
The Sportsman Inn, Rackham Road, Amberley, West Sussex. BN18 9NR
Tel: 01798 831787
Contacts: Paul, Katie or Tom
Room rates : £90 triple double occupancy(1 double bed & 1 single)
£80 double occupancy
£55 single occupancy
Lock up barn available for overnight bike storage.
Pub open 11-11 Mon-Sat / 12-10.30 Sun
Lunch / afternoon tea / dinner served
B&B at Pyecombe (near where A23 crosses SDW); good for 3day 2 night, M&S food store, pub, on SDW so no climb back up.
Opening March 2017,but taking bookings now.
We offer a Luxury Self Contained Norwegian Log Cabin that sits in the grounds of the main house. The Lodge can sleep up to a maximum of four people and is secluded and independent from the main property. Opposite Duck Lodge is a large secure storage area for Cases, Bikes, Ruck Sacks, Boots etc.
Sussex Prairies luxury B&B near Henfield
For those of you hot off the trail we can offer the following :
secure bike storage
packed lunches (delicious ones !)
early bird breakfast if needed !
a walkable-to local restaurant /bar
a cyclable to 13th century coaching inn
Near Goodwood; NB: Please mention me if you stay.
Bluebell Cocking reopened Feb 2010: http://www.thebluebell.biz
Eastbourne: New guesthouse
From Carl: " I took over a nice B&B/Self catering place in Eastbourne - The Guesthouse East - http://www.theguesthouseeast.co.uk/about 6 months ago and being a keen cyclist myself I've tried to set the place up as bike-friendly (and walker-friendly) as possible, such as with a bike store and drying room.
it'd be great to get some cyclist coming this way to make life interesting and to share a few stories. We're just set back from the sea, west of the pier so there's a nice run along the beach to Beachy Head and the start of the SDW." Please mention my site.
Going eastwards: this is simply a list, not intended as recommendations or guarantee of open, price, quality etc.
Link to 'My Google Map' with approx locations. SDW not shown.
Milberry , nr Beauworth: on SDW;
The Shoe, Exton: on SDW
The Sustainability centre on SDW (between Exton and QEP) (opposite the old HMS Mercury): we have a great cafe, water taps, campsite and hostel.
Visitors centre QEP (cafe); on SDW
Royal Oak, Hooksway: about 1/2 to 1 mile south, but whole diversion slightly shorter than staying on SDW !
Houghton Bridge, near Amberley: 1/4 mile off.
Martin: (Spring 2012) I particularly wanted to recommend the Five Cross Gates B&B in Amberley whose details I obtained from your site. We arrived in a very tired and muddy state and were treated to tea and cakes and a major clean up. Peter and Sally were very hospitable and we left the following morning feeling refreshed and refuelled after a wonderful breakfast.
Neil: (Spring 2012)
Great website on the SDW. I walked the length of it last summer and intend to cycle it this year so your site has been really helpful.
The hostel opposite HMS Mercury (now completely bulldozed) also does camping for £8 p/n and has water obviously. It is only 100 yards off the track. There is a cafe there too in one of the buildings.
The Bluebell in Cocking was very welcoming when I arrived there in August last year. The food was excellent. I didn't stay there, just ate.
I would give the Plough at Pyecombe a thumbs up too.
Lastly, where the SDW crosses the A27 dual carriage way, there is a layby about 100 yards east on the north side of the road, which always has a burger van. Not much further along is a Texcaco filling station with a pretty useful shop. It is 1/3rd of a mile from the SDW tap. You can stay on the verge the whole way there and back.
From Kevin B: Tea van in the farm buildings at Saddlescombe farm beneath the Dyke. The farm is National Trust and the SDW as you no goes straight thru the Farm, They serve soup cakes etc, there is also shelter. Her hours are approximately 11 am to 4pm each day.
Pyecombe: Plough pub (200 yds) and M&S food shop (300yds)
Alfriston village : on SDW.
Apart from above, I cannot think of any shops, pubs etc on SDW; there are many villages with pubs on north side of SDW, but usually steep descent and climb back up.
Any suggestions from site visitors.
Following site has list, interactive map, contact etc, b&b, camp, etc
NB: Places to stay in West Sussex get booked up around Goodwood Races and Festival of Speed, so book early !
1. Graham, from Woking: Although I have never stayed in these ( too close
to home ), I'll get the accommodation rolling with . . . . . .
I would like to recommend the B&B at the Riverside Tearooms in Amberley. It is only a few hundred yards off route. There is an excellent pub opposite - the Bridge Inn. The cost is £35 per night. They have a garage in which they can store bikes. They've got three rooms, I think one is twin. The only thing to check is the time they can serve breakfast. We didn't get going on day 2 until 9.15, following an 8 am breakfast which was a bit late. The breakfast was worth it though.
The other thing about Amberley is that it is a pretty good half way point for anyone trying to bike it in 2 days. I think it is 47 miles from Winchester.
3. This walking site has a page of 'B&B': http://www.pchatfield.freeserve.co.uk/sdw/index.htm
We have just done the sdw in two days stopping overnight in Washington.
The Long Island B
stayed at the Castle Inn in Bramber, they
have a number of twin rooms (cost us £35 each), somewhere lockable to store the
bilkes, and reasonable food with a beer garden to stretch out in. They were very
flexible for when they could do breakfast (from 7am). You also get a ride along
the road first thing to help settle the breakfast before you start climbing the
hills again. One thing I would say is that is a tough first hill (Beeding Hill)
after a full fry up!
6. Rob, Graeme & Neil:
Lunch at 'Five Bells' Buriton recommend.
Cocking stayed at Moonlight Tea Rooms ; fantastic hospitality, dried clothes.
Jack & Jill pub Clayton, accommodation basic, but evening food & breakfast excellent.
Stayed Cocking Bluebell Inn, beds uncomfortable, noisy extract fan below window; food good, reasonable price, friendly landlords.
Jack& Jill Clayton, secure store for bikes, good b&b food good but bit pricey; extract fan again.
8. Hannah: campsite Graffam, & Pyecombe; ate Five Bells Buriton, stayed B&B before at Chilcomb nr Winchester (see 'visitors comments' page.
9. Martin :
ACCOMMODATION - We stayed at the Running Horse at Littleton
near Winchester to start. Very good
rooms and very good food. Recommended.
The 2nd night was at The Bluebell at Cocking.
I find it difficult to write anything good about this place.
Awful rooms and beds, food terrible.
If I could find a way of getting it closed down I would and that would
repay them for my stomach upset. (think have heard similar comments see John
above before about Bluebell at Cocking?)
FOOD - Apart from the Bluebell at Cocking it was great along the whole route. (Note July 2009: Bluebell is shut!) FEB 2010 REOPENED NEW OWNERS www.thebluebell.biz
Russell: For your
accommodation section I would like to heartily recommend the Four Acres B&B
(www.fouracres.org.uk) just off the
SDW in Fulking (just past Truleigh approx 65 miles from
11. Simon W & Simon H
South Harting early evening. I recommend this town highly. The Ship does great beer and food. We stayed at The Pyramids B&B - £30, 2 minutes from pub. We then cycled all day to Pyecombe where we stayed at The Whitehouse – again £30. Great hosts, very friendly and accommodating. The Plough is 2 mins down road and does excellent food – with an M&S at the BP station next door for riding provisions– it was another perfect place to stay.
12 Andrew S
Can heartily recommend the Four Acres, Fulking. Very helpful, good breakfast and good local pub.
18. David & Fran and family:
Accom – Mays Farm b+b, Longwood Dean. Comfy, clean, hearty breakfast.
· Accom – Wetherdown Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Petersfield 01730 823549. Friendly basic hostel, help yourself to large self-catering breakfast, envigorating shampoos and shower gels, secure bike storage.
· Accom – Moonlight Cottage tearooms b+b. Pricey, outside loo for family room, good food but didn’t live up to previous glowing write-ups.
· Accom – The Sportsman, Crossgates Rd, Amberley. Clean, needed 3 rooms to accommodate family of 5 so was pricey, food good.
· Accom – Four Acres b+b, Poynings Road, Fulking. Very comfortable, very clean, excellent packed lunches ( 2 rounds of sandwiches, fruit and cake )and thoughtful home comforts such as dvd selection. Local pub ( Shepherd and Dog) very good food, huge portions. (Russell above also Four Acres) and pub.
· Accom – Alfriston YHA. Clean, comfy, cosy and good buffet breakfast. Smugglers Inn pub in Alfriston village, good food and served all day eg our evening meal was at 4.30 pm.
19. Jon F
20 Chris T
Gumbar Bothy, highly recommend.
21 Sue D (June 2011)
We cycled for 7 hours per day and arrived between 4 and 5pm at our accommodation. We saw very few other riders - probably owing to the poor weather prior to our trip - all the sensible people were waiting for the sun! Walkers were all very friendly and we were careful not to mow them down (much).
We stayed at Moonlight Tea Rooms In Cocking on the first night (approx a third of the way from Winchester) and had a warm welcome, tea and cake, hosepipe to wash our bikes, comfy beds, TV and a good evening meal and breakfast, with double yolk eggs from Steve's chickens. A great B & B.
We visited the Bluebell pub in Cocking - refurbished over a year ago and really stylish and pleasant without being flashy. The real ale (TEA) was excellent and fellow guests who ate there said the food was lovely. They also do B & B and the barmaid said the bedrooms had all been refurbished recently.
On our second night we stayed at 'Four Acres' B & B in Fulking. Again, great facilities for bike washing, tea and biscuits galore, huge bedroom and luxury bathroom and sooo peaceful (you will hear owls, foxes etc). Sarah has the house up for sale though, so not sure what will happen here in future.
We ate at the Sheperd and Dog in Fulking. Classy yet hearty food, but not cheap, especially the deserts. Worth it though for a good feed and a fine choice of ales. Friendly helpful staff too. It got suprisingly busy for a Monday night - obviously a well run place. They are so busy on Sundays that they don't even accept bookings!