The South Downs Way was Britain’s first long distance bridleway. It stretches for 100 miles, from the historical splendour of Winchester to the coastal town of Eastbourne, just beyond the dazzling white cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head. It’s an ancient trail which follows droveways and old paths along the chalk escarpment of the South Downs, which divides the beautiful Hampshire and Sussex Weald from the south coast of England.
For much of its length this wonderful National Trail follows the crest of the Downs, with views stretching north across the fields and woodland as far as the North Downs, some forty miles away. Looking out to sea on a clear day you can see as far as the Isle of Wight. The route also drops down into a number of pretty downland villages and picturesque river valleys. There is an enormous variety of scenery along the way and the sense of space and quiet isolation is all the more enjoyable given its proximity to civilisation and easy access to public transport.
The South Downs Way is well maintained, clearly marked and appeals to walkers and cyclists of all levels. If you like the sound of stunning views, an abundance of wildlife, history, pretty villages with traditional pubs, then come and discover it for yourself!
South Downs Discovery: About us
Using our expert, first-hand knowledge, we’ll take the hassle out of planning your walking holiday so you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. Whether you’re walking the whole 100 miles of the South Downs Way or are just looking for a weekend break, you’ve come to the right place.
If you prefer to travel independently, we also provide a reliable and excellent value baggage transfer service along the entire length of the South Downs Way, so you can enjoy this beautiful route without being weighed down by a heavy pack.
South Downs National Park
The South Downs gained National Park status in April 2011, being officially recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty and cultural heritage. Stretching from Hampshire through West and East Sussex, it is England’s third biggest National Park and incorporates over 600 square miles of some of the most beautiful countryside England has to offer.