We’ve been meaning to put together a list of questions we get asked every year since the website was first created! At last a start has been made. The list will hopefully grow in time and will be sorted into relevant sections when it becomes necessary. We hope you find it helpful. If you have any questions that remain, please feel free to ask us and your question may be added to the list.

Are we allowed to deviate off the South Downs way at any point? Generally, as long as you are on rights of way and not crossing fences or ploughed fields you will be OK, though I don’t think there’s many places where coming off the SDW actually gains any time. Note that there are 2 unmanned via points at Balmer Down, Grid ref TQ 375 102 and at Littlington, TQ 532 032
One section is after the Checkpoint at Washington. There are alternative routes back onto the South Downs, via the road off 122126 or the path passing Tilley’s Farm – can these be used? From Washington, most teams will use the footpath via Tilley’s Farm to rejoin the SDW.
At the Devil’s Dyke base, do we have to stay on the South Downs until we meet the road and move walk up the road or can we take the footpath which takes us almost directly to the base? At the Dyke, you should deviate off the SDW and head straight for the stile opposite the pub and thus into the checkpoint. There is no need to walk up the road.
We have a scout team that doesn’t quite make the “minimum 48 years” – is there any flexibility? No. We always advise teams in this position to enter the Open class one last time, as they will qualify the following year for class S. Or alternatively, form a joint team with another Guide or Scout Group that may have spare potential teammates that are of the required age.
Can we use the same service crew for both our teams No. Every team must have its own unique service vehicle. No matter how well planned and trained the teams are, there is no guarantee that they will stay close enough for this to work.