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Places to stay

Any suggestions from site visitors.

Following site has list, interactive map, contact etc, b&b, camp, etc


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B&B at Amberley (on SDW)

The Sportsman Inn, Rackham Road, Amberley, West Sussex. BN18 9NR
Tel: 01798 831787
E-mail: info@thesportsman.com
Contacts: Paul, Katie or Tom

Room rates : �90 triple double occupancy(1 double bed & 1 single)
�80 double occupancy
�55 single occupancy
Breakfast included.
Lock up barn available for overnight bike storage.
Pub open 11-11 Mon-Sat / 12-10.30 Sun
Lunch / afternoon tea / dinner served


3 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.


Contact: Ms Louise Anderson, The White House, Church Lane
West Sussex
BN45 7FE
Phone: 01273 846563
Email:  mailto:louloua@onetel.net 


Hobbs Cottage

Contact: Mrs Wendy Desborough
Address: South Downs Way
West Sussex
BN45 7EG
Phone: 01273 846150
Email: wendy.desborough@btinternet.com

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.

Woolbeding Cottage

Contact: Ms Clare Devereux
Address: Bepton
nr Midhurst
West Sussex
GU29 0LY
Phone: 01730 816620
Email: info@woolbedingcottage.co.uk
Website: http://www.woolbedingcottage.co.uk

Sussex Prairies luxury B&B near Henfield

For those of you hot off the trail we can offer the following :
clothes drying
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


Self catering, Heyshott nr Midhurst

 Heyshott - just outside Midhurst - just a couple of miles from the downs. We have 2 rooms that we have available for short term / long term let (one self catering and one just room only). Both are self contained / own entrance.

It's great accommodation for anyone cycling the south downs




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 Easthttp://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.

http://www.sustainability-centre.org/text.php?page=The Beech Cafe

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.

Devils Dyke; 

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 . . . . . .

Wetherdown Hostel - independent hostel on the former site of HMS Mercury. Nearly adjacent to the SDW

Gumber Bothy - independent hostel nr Bignor hill, north af Arundel
A 1km from SDW

2. Adam:

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

4. Roy:

We have just done the sdw in two days stopping overnight in Washington. The Long Island B
& B is fantastic. The alternative route through Washington goes nearly
past the door. Pub across the road that does food ( except Sunday) .
Very helpful hosts and huge breakfast that set us up nicely for the
second day. Tel 01903 892237.

5. Jon:

We stayed at the Castle Inn in Bramber, http://www.castleinnhotel.co.uk/, 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

10. 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 Winchester ). It is run by Sarah who was very friendly and welcoming even though we were utterly soaked and caked in mud. We were able to hose down our bikes and store them in her shed and dry clothes in her utility room. The house is modern and luxurious and the breakfast superb. All for about �30 per person. There is an excellent pub in the village, the Shepherd and Dog (www.shepherdanddogpub.co.uk) which does suitably hearty meals too.  

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 - 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

Winchester to Eastbourne over three days:We stayed in two excellent B&Bs, Downsfold in Cocking and FourAcres (Now closed) in Fulking; I would highly recommend them.

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 (Now closed)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!