Whisky is the new measure for the South Downs Way – our niece Sophie has decided to mark off the miles against a one litre bottle she happened to pop in to her rucksack. We needed it just three miles to the end of our 24 mile trek today….

Started the trip in luxury at Hannah’s B and B Winchester and a meal at the Black Rat ending with beech leaf sorbet.

Welcome pit stops at Miller’s Arms 8.5 miles outside Winchester with butterflies lady buddlea then The Shoe at Exton where we bumped into Jerry’s 90 year old Uncle John who happened to be on a day out from Pompey.

Jerry’s lifelong school mate Graham and wife Liz were wayfarers with us. All went well until the heat and steepness combo of Old Winchester Hill zapped us all.

Upper  Parsonage farm is a great respite and campsite/ B and B with a grateful lift to Ye Olde George Inn in East Meon for supper.

Hoping the aches and pains ease for day two.