South Downs Way

Description

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  1. Name South Downs Way
  2. Length of trail 163 km, 101 miles
  3. Length in days 8 days
  4. Start of trail Eastbourne
  5. 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.

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South Downs Way, 161km
South Downs Way (Inland Route), 13km

Opinions

Rate 9.0 | 2 votes | No 2. 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 and Ashdown Forest. Read more
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United Kingdom
2011
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2011
  • Sussex Walking
  • Accomplished walker Kev Reynolds’s Cicerone guide to Walking in Sussex is a thorough exploration of one of the Home Counties’ finest walking destinations. Routes across Sussex have been woven for many generations; with paths and track-ways whose purpose was to aid the hunter, home-maker, flint-miner, iron-worker, soldier, farmer, smuggler,... Read more
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Netherlands
2011
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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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2015
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2015
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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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2015
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Netherlands
2015
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Germany
2015
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Netherlands
2015
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2016
  • Walks in the South Downs National Park
  • Guidebook with 40 circular walks throughout the South Downs National Park, exploring the beautiful chalk hills between Eastbourne and Winchester. The walks range from under 5 miles to 11 miles, including Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, Ditchling Beacon and hundreds of prehistoric sites. Accessible all year, but wild flowers best in spring. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • South Downs National Park Walks
  • Guidebook to 40 day walks in the South Downs National Park. The walks, which are designed to suit all abilities, are dotted all over the National Park and range from 43/4 miles (7.5km) to 11 miles (17.5km). Each walk is circular, and where possible begins and ends at a place accessible by public transport. With some of the most iconic... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Walks in the South Downs National Park
  • Guidebook with 40 circular walks throughout the South Downs National Park, exploring the beautiful chalk hills between Eastbourne and Winchester. The walks range from under 5 miles to 11 miles, including Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, Ditchling Beacon and hundreds of prehistoric sites. Accessible all year, but wild flowers best in spring. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • London - Country Walks Near London - Volume 2
  • Time Out’s Country Walks - Volume 2 is a collection of 85 country walks near London, recommending a range of different strolls and rambles for those seeking to escape from the city. The walks are largely based in the countryside and on scenic footpaths, with a minimum of road walking involved, are between 7 and 15 miles long, graded for... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2013
  • 50 Walks in Sussex
  • Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and this guide features a variety of mapped walks to suit all abilities. The book features all of the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of Sussex, and cear mapping for ease of use. Every route has been colour coded... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2013
  • Sussex and South Downs: AA 50 Walks
  • Walking is one of Britain`s favourite leisure activities, and this guide features a variety of mapped walks to suit all abilities. The book features all of the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of Sussex, and cear mapping for ease of use. Every route has been colour coded... Read more
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Netherlands
2013
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Wandelgids 50 Walks in Sussex and south Downs | AA |
  • Uitstekende wandelgids met een aantal dagtochten tussen de 5 en 13 kilometer. Niet heel erg lang dus, maar wel op de mooiste plekken en goed beschreven en prima kaartmateriaal. A variety of mostly mapped walks to suit both the casual walker and the more serious hiker are contained in this illustrated guide. Detailed maps include information on... Read more
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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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  • Meon Valley, Portsmouth, Gosport & Fareham OS Explorer Map OL3 (paper)
  • Meon Valley, Portsmouth, Gosport and Fareham area of south Hampshire on a detailed topographic and GPS compatible map OL3, paper version, from the Ordnance Survey’s 1:25,000 Explorer series. Coverage extends from the coast to Owslebury and East Meon, and includes part of the South Downs National Park, a section of the South Downs Way National... Read more
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Maps

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  • Winchester & Basingstoke, Andover & Romsey
  • Map No. 185, Winchester and Basingstoke, in the waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Andover, Romsey, Eastleigh, Upper Chute, Litchfield, Hannington, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Quidhampton, Oakley, Overton, Cliddesden, Whitchurch, Appleshaw, Thruxton, Goodworth Clatford,... Read more
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  • Eastbourne and Beachy Head
  • Eastbourne and Beachy Head at 1:25,000 in a series of Walker’s Maps published by the AA with the cartography from the Ordnance Survey’s Explorer series. Coverage includes Seven Sisters and the Cuckmere Haven, the start of the South Downs Way, Seaford, Newhaven, Alfriston, Firle, Glynde, Ringmer, Uckfield, Buxted, Heathfield, Herstmonceux,... Read more
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  • Chichester & The South Downs
  • 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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  • Brighton & Lewes, Haywards Heath
  • 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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  • Eastbourne & Hastings, Battle & Heathfield
  • 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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  • Brighton and The South Downs
  • Brighton and The South Downs at 1:25,000 in a series of Walker’s Maps published by the AA with the cartography from the Ordnance Survey’s Explorer series. Coverage includes Hove, Shorehan-by-Sea, Upper Beeding, Henfield, Hickstead, Hurstpierpoint, Burgess Hill, Ditchling, Plumpton, Lewes, Glynde, Ringmer, Newhaven, etc.Maps in the AA Walker’s... Read more
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  • Chichester and The South Downs
  • Chichester and The South Downs at 1:25,000 in a series of Walker’s Maps published by the AA with the cartography from the Ordnance Survey’s Explorer series. Maps in the AA Walker’s series are identical to the OS Explorer maps and provide plenty of recreational and tourist information, indicating in England and Wales the traditional public... Read more
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  • Winchester and Basingstoke, Andover and Romsey
  • Map No. 185, Winchester and Basingstoke, in the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Andover, Romsey, Eastleigh, Upper Chute, Litchfield, Hannington, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Quidhampton, Oakley, Overton, Cliddesden, Whitchurch, Appleshaw, Thruxton, Goodworth Clatford, Longparish, North Waltham, Herriard, Axford, Sutton Scotney,... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • South Downs - West
  • The South Downs – 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 trace a... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Chichester and the South Downs 1810-1813
  • Map No. 197, Chichester and the South Downs 1810-1813, 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
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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 - 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
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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 7 dagen singlereis
  • Over de North Downs Way door 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... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Kent 7 dagen
  • Over de North Downs Way door 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... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Kent Downs & Stour Valley 5/7 d single
  • 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 Downs & Stour Valley 5/7 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
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Engeland - South Downs
  • Overnacht in een schitterend gelegen Country House bij het vredige gehucht Abingworth, aan de voet van de South Downs in West Sussex. Geniet van de geheel verzorgde maaltijden, laat je begeleiden door toegewijde Engelse wandelgidsen, wandel mee in een internationale groep en maak de keuze uit rustige wandelingen door valleien en over glooiende... Read more
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