A 100 Mile Walk On the South Downs Way In Southern England

The walk in England was the second part of a European summer following a week in Tuscany. The plan was to fly from Florence (through Paris) to London’s Heathrow Airport and then take the train to Winchester for the start of the South Downs Way. Barb insisted on our hiring a local person to move our large backpacks from one bed and breakfast to the next rather than toting everything on our backs for ten to fifteen miles every day. While that plan diluted the purity of the adventure, as we learned to our knees’ regret in Ireland, there are times when you make compromises.

We scheduled the walk for the beginning of June in hopes of having warm, but not hot, weather. Over the winter using books from Amazon and the awesome power of the Internet, we located and booked into family bed and breakfast homes at small towns along the way. A few wanted deposits, most just asked us to call if we had to cancel.