SDW Day 3 (Devil’s Dyke to Houghton)

A view down to the village of Washington Chanctonbury Ring Still on the right route of the South Downs Way

It was the third day of 18 miles of walking, my legs were just about getting into a stride and I hoped not to repeat the mistake of yesterday to walk several miles further. Having diverted to the south I had missed out on the view to the north from Devil’s Dyke yesterday – however I chose the car park with more care today and was rewarded with a glorious view.

Devil’s Dyke
There were 2 rivers to cross today, the Adur and the Arun – so there would be a number of ups and downs along the way. Today it was good to get off the tops, as the wind had changed to blow from the north – and it was a cold north wind that did blow. Shelter however was not great in the valleys, as they just seemed to funnel the wind.

Lancing College dominating the skyline The bridge (closed) over the River Adur - makes the walk a little longer

Arriving at the Adur, with a great view of Lancing College on the horizon, I got a bit of a shock – the bridge had been closed. Thankfully the diversion was short as it took in the main road.

Back up on the Downs, and approaching Chanctonbury Hill, I was buzzed by a flight of gliders making the best use of the north wind providing lift as it hit the north side of the downs. At any one time there were seven or eight gliders flying up and down the ridge, some gaining height, others sweeping in low and fast.

A glider above the South Downs, making the most of the north wind Gliders and the view west from Chanctonbury Hill

The bridge over the River Arun The view across the River Arun Valley was superb, with the small village of Houghton adjacent to the bridge – which was thankfully open.

Even better, the George and Dragon pub was open in Houghton, and they had lit their open fire – the warmth was most welcome as I was chilled almost to the core.

Center of map
Route
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2 thoughts on “SDW Day 3 (Devil’s Dyke to Houghton)

  1. great photos mate! i want to walk from devils dyke to petersfield but am bothered re: accomodation. id rather camp but it looks a bit spartan site wise. any advice oh wise one?

  2. @doc
    To find camp sites I think you will have to walk north off the route at the end of the day. You would probably have to head north for any sort of accommodation. I know there is a camp site near Graffham (having stayed there), and there is one marked on the map near Washington.
    Good luck on your walk.