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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
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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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2009
  • The National Trails
  • This inspirational guidebook looks at each of the UK's 19 National Trails. Presenting the information in a way that allows ease of comparison and contrast, with practical details to help you plan your walk. 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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United Kingdom
  • Short Walks in the South Downs
  • A practical little walk guide to the South Downs endorsed by the Ramblers. All the walks are 5 miles or under in length and can easily be completed in less that 3 hours. 20 walks are included and use clear Ordnance Survey maps to show the route plus easy to follow walk descriptions. The South Downs is one of only four areas of chalk downland in... Read more
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  • Sussex & South Downs - Short Walks
  • Sussex & South Downs in the Short Walks guide series, produced in association with Ordnance Survey and published by Crimson; comprising a range of walking guides to popular British destinations. Each title includes 20 varied walks that are suitable for walkers of all ages and abilities and is accompanied by detailed Explorer 1:25,000 Ordnance... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sussex & South Downs - Short Walks
  • Sussex & South Downs in the Short Walks guide series, produced in association with Ordnance Survey and published by Crimson; comprising a range of walking guides to popular British destinations. Each title includes 20 varied walks that are suitable for walkers of all ages and abilities and is accompanied by detailed Explorer 1:25,000 Ordnance... Read more
Stanfords
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Stanfords
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  • 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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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
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
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