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Guide that keeps you on the Way
on 26 April 2012
It is a guide book that tells you how to follow the track, and gives some information about the surroundings. Short section in the end with some transportation info, contact details for YHAs, tourist centres, cycle shops, saddlers, vets, horsebox parking and local facilities along the Way.
Some people have complained that it does not include enough information about the various things to look at along the Way, or enough accommodation suggestions. This does not bother me, as I research the accommodation beforehand on the internet, and generally don't want to know the full history of everything I see around me. I rather keep the book thinner so that it still fits well in my trouser's map pocket!
It's got easy to follow and clear instructions. I walked from Eastbourne to Amberley, and found myself off the official track couple of times as I thought it was clear on the ground where to go. Once I realised I wasn't on the official track anymore, quick consultation with the book and I found my way back in no time! After making the same mistake twice, I learned to check the book first and after that had no problems whatsoever. Would definitely recommend to those, who want a reassurance with them to make sure they stay on the Way.
Some other books say that the SDW should be walked from West to East, as otherwise the views can be an anticlimax, and that way the wind is behind you. I found both these claims unfounded, I had no problems with the wind going from East to West, and the scenery is different further West, but in no means any less exciting. So walk which ever way you like!! There is no right or wrong here.
Deducted one star from full 5, as I did miss more information on distances. A distances table similar to that on National Trails website would be good. Also the OS extracts could have the accurate distance of the section of the path shown on them. This would make planning easier, as an estimation from a scaled map is still only an estimation.