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Distance from the South Downs Way: Less than a mile

Cocking is less than a mile, or a 15-minute stroll, from the South Downs Way. We would definitely recommend using either of the two footpaths rather than the busy A268 – much safer!

The historic village of Cocking is situated three miles south of Midhurst and some 35 miles from Winchester along the South Downs Way. There is evidence of a Bronze Age settlement here and an entry in the Domesday (Doomsday) book. Fast forward to the 21st Century and this is now a pleasant village with some excellent dining and accommodation options.

Getting Here & Home Again

By Train & Bus

There is a bus service (number 60) connecting Cocking to Chichester & Midhurst. The closest railway station is in Chichester, around 10 miles away, with direct trains to London Victoria (1 hour 35 mins) and along the south coast to Portsmouth (30 mins) and Brighton (50 mins).

By Car

Cocking is right on the A286 a few miles south of Midhurst and around 10 miles north of Chichester. The A272 passes through Midhurst, connecting the area to Winchester to the west and Petworth to the east. There is a free car park just off the A286 very close to the South Downs Way or alternatively, there is very limited on-street parking in the village.


Cocking has a pub/restaurant, tea rooms and a village store. Other services are available in nearby Midhurst.

Want to visit Cocking on your next trip to the South Downs?

Join us on one of our guided walks today!