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 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
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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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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2015
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2015
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2015
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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
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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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2011
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  • Day Walks In the Brecon Beacons
  • Day Walks in the Brecon Beacons is the latest hill walking guidebook in the popular `Day Walks` series from outdoors publisher Vertebrate Publishing, following guides to the Peak District, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, Snowdonia and South Downs. This pocket-sized guide features 20 circular routes between 6.8 and 16.5 miles... Read more
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  • Brighton & Hove - Lewes & Burgess Hill OS Explorer Map OL11 (paper)
  • Brighton and Hove area of Sussex on a detailed topographic and GPS compatible map OL11, paper version, from the Ordnance Survey’s 1:25,000 Explorer series. Coverage extends along the coast from Newhaven westwards to Lancing, inland to beyond Burgess Hill, and includes Peacehaven, Portslade-by-Sea, Shoreham-by-Sea, Lewes, Ringmer, Glyndebourne... Read more
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The Book Depository
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2010
  • The Big Walks of the South
  • From the South Downs Way to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, there is no better way to discover the spectacular diversity of southern Britain's landscape than on foot. Whether you enjoy exploring green and gently rolling valleys or tackling rugged cliff-top paths, there are walks here to keep you rambling all year round. An indefatigable walker,... Read more
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United Kingdom
2010
  • The Big Walks Of The South
  • From the South Downs Way to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, there is no better way to discover the spectacular diversity of southern Britain`s landscape than on foot. Whether you enjoy exploring green and gently rolling valleys or tackling rugged cliff-top paths, there are walks here to keep you rambling all year round. An indefatigable walker,... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2010
  • The Big Walks of the South
  • From the South Downs Way to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, there is no better way to discover the spectacular diversity of southern Britain's landscape than on foot. Whether you enjoy exploring green and gently rolling valleys or tackling rugged cliff-top paths, there are walks here to keep you rambling all year round. An indefatigable walker,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
  • Wandelgids Big Walks of the South | Summersdale |
  • From the South Downs Way to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, there is no better way to discover the spectacular diversity of southern Britain´s landscape than on foot. Whether you enjoy exploring green and gently rolling valleys or tackling rugged cliff-top paths, there are walks here to keep you rambling all year round. An indefatigable walker,... Read more
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  • 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
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  • Winchester, New Alresford & East Meon OS Explorer Active Map OL32 (waterproof)
  • Winchester, New Alresford and East Meon area of Hampshire on a detailed topographic and GPS compatible map OL32, waterproof version, from the Ordnance Survey’s 1:25,000 Explorer series. Coverage includes part of the South Downs National Park with the westernmost section of the South Downs Way National Trail. Other trails include the Monarch’s... Read more
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  • 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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  • 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... Read more
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  • 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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  • South Downs
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • South Downs Way - Winchester to Eastbourne - 5th ed.
  • DUE OUT JUNE 2015 - South Downs Way in Trailblazer’s British Walking Guides series; highly practical, informative and portable guides designed with the adventurous walker in mind, and produced by one of the leading outdoor guide-book publishers. Each title in the series explores a range of popular walking routes and long-distance footpaths in... Read more
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  • South Downs Way
  • Trailblazer British Walking Guide: Practical Guide to Walking the Whole Path, with 60 Large-Scale Maps, Guides to 49 Towns & Villages, Planning, Places to Stay, Places to Eat 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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  • Winchester & Basingstoke - Andover & Romsey OS Landranger Map 185 (paper)
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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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
  • 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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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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  • 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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  • 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
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