South Downs Way


  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.


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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