South Downs Way

Description

  1. Length of trail 163 km, 101 miles
  2. Length in days 8 days
  3. Start of trail Eastbourne
  4. Traildino grading EW, Easy walk, nature trail

South Downs Way

101 miles, 162 km, 8 days

National Trail

The South Downs Way is a National Trail, like its northern neighbour, the North Downs Way. The route runs through a landscape of limestone hills, the Downs. The beauty of these hills is famous, and there are plans to declare the region a National Park. The path starts at the coast in Eastbourne, with a loop. Then the walk spreads west into the interior of Sussex.

The lime rich soils support a rich growth of plants and trees which have created a rich fauna. The hills are also very quiet, despite the many crowded cities in southeast England. Cyclists and horse riders can use the path. The weekends can be busy. Nobody wants to miss a sunny bank holiday in spring! Finding shelter in a youth hostel, hotel or b & b should not be a problem.

Opinions

Rate 9.0 | 2 votes | No 1. in United Kingdom
  • Rory
  • Rate 8
  • Positive The South Downs Way is covered in history, a truly beautiful walk. At times open and windy, others sheltered by woodland, but all the time a real joy to walk. Easy going, charming scenery and great pubs either side of the downs. I live on the South Downs and will say that this is the best way to experience this part of England.
  • Aaron Barnes August 2006
  • Rate 10
  • Positive Everything. Easy walking with fantastic views from start to finish. Plentyful accomodation. My favourite trail so far (2012, walked in 2006) and it will be difficult to beat. Just do it!
  • Negative I can't think of anything other than - watch out for rampaging cyclists! (Disclaimer - cast majority of cyclists are excellent - there are however always one or two idiots that seem to be intent on mowing down walkers!) Much is classified bridleway so just be aware that the route is well used by various different groups and can be busy!
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South Downs Way

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2011
  • Walking in Sussex
  • Walking in Sussex describes 40 circular walks that show the great variety of scenery and history in Sussex. Short walks and more demanding routes, including outline descriptions of some of the region's long-distance paths. Covers the South Downs, High Weald, Ashdown Forest. Read more
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Netherlands
2011
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2011
  • Walks in the South Downs National Park
  • Handy guidebook describing 40 circular walks in the South Downs National Park. The walks range from just under 5 miles to 11 miles in length, visiting the iconic Beachy Head, Seven Sisters, Ditchling Beacon and Cissbury Ring. The South Downs are accessible all year round, with spring and early summer best for seeing the wild flowers and wildlife. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2011
  • South Downs National Park Walks
  • A walking guide to the South Downs National Park, across Hampshire and East Sussex in southern England, England's newest national park, describing 40 routes for all abilities, from Winchester to Eastbourne. With some of the most iconic landscapes in southern England, including the white chalk cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, and... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2011
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Wandelgids Walks in the South Downs National Park > Cicerone |
  • Walks in the South Downs National Park describes 40 circular walking routes for all abilities, from Winchester to Eastbourne. Casual strolls and long-distance walks, in England´s newest national park, visiting the iconic Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, Ditchling Beacon and Cissbury Ring. Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2015
  • The South Downs Way
  • Guidebook for walking the South Downs Way National Trail, a glorious 100-mile (160km) national trail between Winchester and Eastbourne through the South Downs National Park, described in both directions over 12 stages. Easy walking on many ancient and historical tracks, fine wooded areas, delightful river valleys and lovely little villages. Read more
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Netherlands
2015
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Netherlands
2015
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2015
  • The National Trails
  • This inspirational guidebook looks at each of the UK's 19 National Trails, with information that allows ease of comparison and contrast, inspiring you to find out more and to take up a long-distance challenge. Some Trails are short and easy, others much longer, many have strong themes - they may follow a coastline, or traverse ranges of hills. Read more
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Netherlands
2015
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • 52 Favourite West Sussex Walks
  • Richard Williamson's weekly walking column has long been one of the most popular features in the Chichester Observer, Worthing Observer and West Sussex Gazette. Now, following the format that has proved such a hit over the years, for the first time he has compiled his favourite walks - one for every week of the year - with hand-drawn route... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 52 Favourite West Sussex Walks
  • Richard Williamson's weekly walking column has long been one of the most popular features in the Chichester Observer, Worthing Observer and West Sussex Gazette. Now, following the format that has proved such a hit over the years, for the first time he has compiled his favourite walks - one for every week of the year - with hand-drawn route... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 52 Favourite West Sussex Walks
  • Richard Williamson's weekly walking column has long been one of the most popular features in the Chichester Observer, Worthing Observer and West Sussex Gazette. Now, following the format that has proved such a hit over the years, for the first time he has compiled his favourite walks - one for every week of the year - with hand-drawn route... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • East Sussex & the South Downs
  • East Sussex & The South Downs in the Pathfinder Guides series, produced in association with Ordnance Survey and published by Crimson; comprising a range of walking guides to popular British destinations. Each Pathfinder guide includes 28 varied walks ranging from easy strolls to exhilarating hikes and is accompanied by 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids East Sussex & the South Downs Walks | Pathfinder Guides |
  • Wandelgids van een deel van Engeland, Schotland of Wales. Deze gids bevat 28 dagwandelingen, variërend van korte tochten tot pittige dagtochten. De bijbehorende kaarten zijn uitstekend: men heeft de topografische kaarten van Ordnance Survey gebruikt waarop de route is ingetekend. Daarnaast praktische informatie over de wandeling en wat... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2010
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2010
  • West Sussex and the South Downs Walks
  • West Sussex & The South Downs in the Pathfinder Guides series, produced in association with Ordnance Survey and published by Crimson; comprising a range of walking guides to popular British destinations. Each Pathfinder guide includes 28 varied walks ranging from easy strolls to exhilarating hikes and is accompanied by 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hampshire with the New Forest and South Downs National Park
  • Hampshire in the Pathfinder Guides series, produced in association with Ordnance Survey and published by Crimson; comprising a range of walking guides to popular British destinations. Each Pathfinder guide includes 28 varied walks ranging from easy strolls to exhilarating hikes and is accompanied by 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey mapping with marked,... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2012
  • National Trail Guides: South Downs Way
  • South Downs Way, a 160-km / 100 mile route from Eastbourne in East Sussex to Winchester in Wiltshire, in a series of walking guides to the National Trails in England and Wales with colour extracts from the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series at 1:25,000 showing points along the route cross-referenced to the text. The maps also indicate nearby... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2012
  • South Downs Way National Trail
  • South Downs Way, a 160-km / 100 mile route from Eastbourne in East Sussex to Winchester in Wiltshire, in a series of walking guides to the National Trails in England and Wales with colour extracts from the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series at 1:25,000 showing points along the route cross-referenced to the text. The maps also indicate nearby... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2012
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids South Downs Way | Aurum press |
  • goede kaarten van Ordnance survey, schaal 1:25.000. Routebeschrijving behoorlijk uitgebreid. The South Downs Way runs for 100 miles over the chalk down land of Sussex and Hampshire, from Eastbourne to Winchester. It is one of only two National Trails that can be used not only by walkers but also by cyclists and horse-riders for its entire... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Sussex Walks: 20 Walks Exploring the Weald and the South Downs
  • Sussex Walks is a collection of 20 circular walks, between 3.5 and 12 miles (5 and 19km) in length that explore the length and breadth of the county of Sussex. Wander through the county's varied and interesting landscapes; across open downland, through broadleaf forest and along evolving coastline. The routes are split into two areas - the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • South Downs - 20 Country Walks For All The Family
  • Batsford's Walking Guides is an exciting new gift series of walking books, aimed at the weekend, family walker. These small-format, portable, hardback books have an attractive retro feel, with nostalgic line drawings and hand-drawn maps. Each of the 20 walks have been carefully selected to appeal to family walkers, most are circular and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • East Sussex - Year Round Walks
  • The twenty circular walks in this volume vary in length from 4 to 6 and three quarter miles and are enjoyable all the year round. The author has divided the routes into seasons to show each at its very best. There are also notes on what can be seen along the way from castles to timber-framed houses and from butterflies and moths to dog roses... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • West Sussex: A Dog Walker's Guide
  • A leisurely stroll in the countryside is always a pleasure for dog walkers. But after leaving the familiar local routes there are always the worries of suddenly finding a field full of sheep, or a busy road, not to mention the difficulty of knowing which pubs and cafes will welcome dogs. Here is a collection of 20 tried and tested circular... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Chichester and the South Downs
  • Map No. 197, Chichester and the South Downs, in the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Bognor Regis, Arundel, Littlehampton, Havant, Emsworth, Horndean, Midhurst, Petersfield, Hawkley, Liss, Milland, Furnhurst, Kirdford, Rogate, South Harting, Petworth, Billingshurst, Pullborough, Ducton, Clanfield, Bury, Storrington,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Chichester and the South Downs 1919-1920
  • Map No. 197, Chichester and the South Downs 1919-1920, in the Cassini Historical Series of old Ordnance Survey mapping of England and Wales at 1:50,000 in a format designed to offer a convenient comparison with the present day coverage from the OS, and most locations in three different editions. Old historical maps have been combined so that... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Chichester and the South Downs OS ACTIVE Map
  • Map No. 197, Chichester and the South Downs, in the waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Bognor Regis, Arundel, Littlehampton, Havant, Emsworth, Horndean, Midhurst, Petersfield, Hawkley, Liss, Milland, Furnhurst, Kirdford, Rogate, South Harting, Petworth, Billingshurst,... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Chichester and the South Downs 1897-1900
  • Map No. 197, Chichester and the South Downs 1897-1900, in the Cassini Historical Series of old Ordnance Survey mapping of England and Wales at 1:50,000 in a format designed to offer a convenient comparison with the present day coverage from the OS, and most locations in three different editions. Old historical maps have been combined so that... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Brighton and Lewes OS ACTIVE Map
  • Map No. 198, Brighton and Lewes, in the waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Worthing, Horsham, Haywards Heath, Crawley, Burgess Hill, Uckfield, Newhaven, Seaford, Shoreham-by-Sea, Turners Hill, Forest Row, Sinfold, Balcombe, Sharpthorne, Nutley, Ardingly, Handcross,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Chichester and the South Downs 1810-1920 (3-map set)
  • Map No. 197, Chichester and the South Downs 1810-1920 (3-map set), in the Cassini Historical Series of old Ordnance Survey mapping of England and Wales at 1:50,000 in a format designed to offer a convenient comparison with the present day coverage from the OS, and most locations in three different editions. Old historical maps have been... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • South Downs - Central West
  • The South Downs - Central West at 1:40,000 in a series of maps printed on waterproof fabric, from SplashMaps, designed for outdoor adventures and featuring contours, walking and riding trails, and the National Grid. The map designed for mountain bikers, walkers and riders, comes with a cloth pouch and a non permanent marker, one can use to... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Eastbourne and Hastings OS ACTIVE Map
  • Map No. 199, Eatsbourne and Hastings, in the waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Crowborough, Battle, Heathfield, Bexhill, Wadhurst, Hawkhurst, Hailsham, Benenden, Sandhurst, Northiam, Peasmarsh, Broad Oak, Icklesham, Fairlight Cove, Westfield, Crowhurst, Netherfield,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • South Downs Way
  • The South Downs Way, a 160km / 100 mile National Trail from Eastbourne to Winchester, presented at 1:40,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map from Harvey Map Services. The route is shown on nine panels, with additional small street plans of Eastbourne and Winchester. Map legend and the accompanying notes are also in French and... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • South Downs - North
  • The South Downs - Central at 1:40,000 in a series of maps printed on waterproof fabric, from SplashMaps, designed for outdoor adventures and featuring contours, walking and riding trails, and the National Grid. The map designed for mountain bikers, walkers and riders, comes with a cloth pouch and a non permanent marker, one can use to trace a... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Great Cycle Routes: The North and South Downs
  • Great Cycle Routes: The North and South Downs provides a selection of enjoyable on and off road rides in the area, varying length and level of difficulty, and ranging in duration from a leisurely couple of hours to full day excursions. The book features twenty five individually graded routes, each with a factfile and full information. Useful... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Surrey Hills
  • The South Downs - Central at 1:40,000 in a series of maps printed on waterproof fabric, from SplashMaps, designed for outdoor adventures and featuring contours, walking and riding trails, and the National Grid. The map designed for mountain bikers, walkers and riders, comes with a cloth pouch and a non permanent marker, one can use to trace a... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Kent & East Sussex Cycle Tours
  • Kent and East Sussex is one of 10 titles in the Cycle Tours series. The series has now been in continuous print for more than 15 years and with regular route revisions and updating the successful formula has gathered a large following.Each book in the series contains 20 routes all of which are either totally new or have been re-ridden and... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South Downs Way
  • Walking Holiday from Winchester to Eastbourne. The South Downs Way stretches 100 miles from the historic city of Winchester to the coastal chalk hills on the South Coast. Located within an hour from the country’s capital city, this National Trail is the perfect escape from often hectic city life. Walk amongst vibrant yellow fields of corn,... Read more
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Kent Downs & Stour Valley 5 of 7 dagen singlereis
  • Wandelen door een Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Met een “down” in het Zuid-Engelse landschap wordt letterlijk een duin bedoeld: een niet te hoog heuveltje, met weinig bomen maar juist meer lage plantengroei, vaak gelegen in een sliert van vele van die downs op rij. Een “down” heeft dus niets te maken met laag of naar beneden gaan….Dwars... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Engeland - South Downs * groepsreis
  • Overnacht in een schitterend gelegen Country House bij het vredige gehucht Abingworth aan de voet van de South Downs in West Sussex, geniet van geheel verzorgde maaltijden, kies voor rustige wandelingen door valleien en over glooiende heuvels, ga overdag mee met gegidste wandelingen en breng een rustdag door in de badplaats Brighton, het... Read more
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Kent Downs & Stour Valley 5 of 7 dagen
  • Wandelen door een Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Met een “down” in het Zuid-Engelse landschap wordt letterlijk een duin bedoeld: een niet te hoog heuveltje, met weinig bomen maar juist meer lage plantengroei, vaak gelegen in een sliert van vele van die downs op rij. Een “down” heeft dus niets te maken met laag of naar beneden gaan….Dwars... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Kent 7 dagen singlereis
  • De tuin van Engeland Bij county (het Engelse woord voor graafschap) Kent zult u wellicht denken aan vredige dorpen, lommerrijke laantjes en stille stukjes bos. Her en der liggen verscholen landhuizen omzoomd door fraaie tuinen en boomgaarden. Het gebied wordt de tuin van Engeland genoemd, ideaal om te wandelen en ook om tot rust te komen. Kent... Read more
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Kent 7 dagen
  • De tuin van Engeland Bij county (het Engelse woord voor graafschap) Kent zult u wellicht denken aan vredige dorpen, lommerrijke laantjes en stille stukjes bos. Her en der liggen verscholen landhuizen omzoomd door fraaie tuinen en boomgaarden. Het gebied wordt de tuin van Engeland genoemd, ideaal om te wandelen en ook om tot rust te komen. Kent... Read more
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