from £395

This four day itinerary involves ones long day, between Upper Beeding and Lewes. If you only do one half of the South Downs Way, this is the half we’d recommend. The scenery gets more and more spectacular as you go on, culminating in the climax of the spectacular Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.

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Day one

Arrive in Amberley and check in to your accommodation. Take the time to explore picturesque Amberley, while historic Arundel is just a 5 minute train ride away.

Day two – Amberley to Upper Beeding – 13 miles / 21 kms

• Views of Amberley Brooks nature reserve after climbing out of Houghton Bridge and Amberley.
• Chanctonbury Ring – said to be haunted, it’s the site of an Iron Age hill-fort dating back to the 6th Century BC. Fantastic views out to sea and along the downs.
• Bramber Castle – the remains of a Norman castle on the banks of the River Adur

Day three– Upper Beeding to Lewes – 19 miles / 31 kms

• River Adur – views south towards the stunning hillside Abbey at Lancing College.
• Fulking Hill – spectacular 360 degree views.
• Devils’s Dyke – legend has it that the Devil dug the valley to drown the parishioners of the Weald..
• Jack & Jill Windmills – famous local landmarks that can be seen from miles around.
• Ditchling Beacon – heading east from here, there are fantastic views inland across the weald and towards ashdown forest.
• Lewes – this pretty county town is steeped in history

Day four– Lewes  to Alfriston – 14 miles / 23 kms

• Monk’s House, Rodmell – this was the home of Virginia Woolf, now owned by the National Trust and open to the public.
• Iford Hill – great views inland towards Mount Caburn to the north and the sea to the south.
• The picture postcard village of Alfriston.

Day five– Alfriston – Eastbourne – 12 miles / 19 kms

Highlights:

• Cuckmere Valley – where the river Cuckmere meanders it’s way to the sea
• Seven Sisters – iconic, glorious coastal scenery, arguably the highlight of the whole South Downs Way
• Beachy Head – spectacular chalk cliff jutting into the English channel with fine views west across the Seven Sisters and east over Eastbourne and beyond.

The spectacular Seven Sisters make a fitting finale to the South Downs Way.  You can then either depart Eastbourne in the afternoon or stay over and depart the following day, giving you a chance to explore this elegant seaside resort or just put your feet up!

£395 per person for 4 nights.

£440 per person for 5 nights (overnighting in Eastbourne at the end of your walk).

These prices are based on two people sharing, single supplement of £30/night applies.

This walk is available to book any time between 18 March – 14 October 18.

We understand that good quality accommodation is the key component to a successful walking holiday and often the difference between a good holiday and a great one! So rest assured, after a long day’s walking you can expect a very warm welcome. We don’t like leaving anything to chance, so we personally visit all our accommodation providers, as well as constantly monitoring customer feedback and online reviews. We know all our B&B owners very well and we only work with nice people! Here’s just a selection of the handpicked B&Bs, hotels and country inns we use – feel free to check them out on Tripadvisor, we do!

Amberley B&B

The Thatched House Amberley – situated in arguably the most picturesque village along the route, you’re assured a very warm welcome from Guy and Mary in their beautiful, characterful home (which despite the name is not thatched!)

Two Farm Cottages – located in the picture perfect village of Amberley and with fantastic views of the Downs, Two Farms Cottages is a very welcoming, high quality B&B

Arden House, Arundel – situated in a quiet yet central part of historic Arundel, Arden House is a welcoming guesthouse with an excellent standard of accommodation

Hill View, Steyning – set in the picturesque village of Steyning, Hill View provides comfortable accommodation in a peaceful setting

Upper Beeding B&B

Downs View, Upper Beeding – an outstanding, family run B&B offering extremely spacious and comfortable accommodation

Berkeley House, Lewes – A Grade II Listed 1820’s Regency house, Berkeley House offers a warm welcome and very comfortable accommodation in the heart of historic Lewes.

South Downs Way hotel

Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston – set on the banks of the Cuckmere River, Deans Place is an excellent hotel offering very comfortable accommodation and excellent amenities

The Star Inn, Alfriston – steeped in history and full of character, the Star Inn is a 13th Century Inn with very good quality accommodation

Riverdale House, Alfriston – enjoying a peaceful setting with wonderful views, Riverdale House offers very comfortable accommodation

Southcroft Guesthouse, Eastbourne – conveniently located near the end of the South Downs Way, Southcroft Guesthouse provides a warm welcome and excellent accommodation

Optional Add-ons

If you’ve time to spare, we’d recommend taking an extra day at the start of your walk to explore historic Arundel, just a 5 minute train ride from Amberley. The town is dominated by the magnificent castle, and there’s also a gothic cathedral to explore as well as a bustling town centre.Arundel Castle, South Downs Way walking holidays

Upgrades

If you’d like to celebrate a special occasion while you’re away, or if you just fancy treating yourself for a night or two, we can arrange upgrades to some of the very best accommodation the South Downs has to offer. Here is just one example of some truly memorable places to stay:  Luxury hotel Alfriston

+ Full Itinerary

Day one

Arrive in Amberley and check in to your accommodation. Take the time to explore picturesque Amberley, while historic Arundel is just a 5 minute train ride away.

Day two – Amberley to Upper Beeding – 13 miles / 21 kms

• Views of Amberley Brooks nature reserve after climbing out of Houghton Bridge and Amberley.
• Chanctonbury Ring – said to be haunted, it’s the site of an Iron Age hill-fort dating back to the 6th Century BC. Fantastic views out to sea and along the downs.
• Bramber Castle – the remains of a Norman castle on the banks of the River Adur

Day three– Upper Beeding to Lewes – 19 miles / 31 kms

• River Adur – views south towards the stunning hillside Abbey at Lancing College.
• Fulking Hill – spectacular 360 degree views.
• Devils’s Dyke – legend has it that the Devil dug the valley to drown the parishioners of the Weald..
• Jack & Jill Windmills – famous local landmarks that can be seen from miles around.
• Ditchling Beacon – heading east from here, there are fantastic views inland across the weald and towards ashdown forest.
• Lewes – this pretty county town is steeped in history

Day four– Lewes  to Alfriston – 14 miles / 23 kms

• Monk’s House, Rodmell – this was the home of Virginia Woolf, now owned by the National Trust and open to the public.
• Iford Hill – great views inland towards Mount Caburn to the north and the sea to the south.
• The picture postcard village of Alfriston.

Day five– Alfriston – Eastbourne – 12 miles / 19 kms

Highlights:

• Cuckmere Valley – where the river Cuckmere meanders it’s way to the sea
• Seven Sisters – iconic, glorious coastal scenery, arguably the highlight of the whole South Downs Way
• Beachy Head – spectacular chalk cliff jutting into the English channel with fine views west across the Seven Sisters and east over Eastbourne and beyond.

The spectacular Seven Sisters make a fitting finale to the South Downs Way.  You can then either depart Eastbourne in the afternoon or stay over and depart the following day, giving you a chance to explore this elegant seaside resort or just put your feet up!

+ Dates & Prices

£395 per person for 4 nights.

£440 per person for 5 nights (overnighting in Eastbourne at the end of your walk).

These prices are based on two people sharing, single supplement of £30/night applies.

This walk is available to book any time between 18 March – 14 October 18.

+ Accommodation

We understand that good quality accommodation is the key component to a successful walking holiday and often the difference between a good holiday and a great one! So rest assured, after a long day’s walking you can expect a very warm welcome. We don’t like leaving anything to chance, so we personally visit all our accommodation providers, as well as constantly monitoring customer feedback and online reviews. We know all our B&B owners very well and we only work with nice people! Here’s just a selection of the handpicked B&Bs, hotels and country inns we use – feel free to check them out on Tripadvisor, we do!

Amberley B&B

The Thatched House Amberley – situated in arguably the most picturesque village along the route, you’re assured a very warm welcome from Guy and Mary in their beautiful, characterful home (which despite the name is not thatched!)

Two Farm Cottages – located in the picture perfect village of Amberley and with fantastic views of the Downs, Two Farms Cottages is a very welcoming, high quality B&B

Arden House, Arundel – situated in a quiet yet central part of historic Arundel, Arden House is a welcoming guesthouse with an excellent standard of accommodation

Hill View, Steyning – set in the picturesque village of Steyning, Hill View provides comfortable accommodation in a peaceful setting

Upper Beeding B&B

Downs View, Upper Beeding – an outstanding, family run B&B offering extremely spacious and comfortable accommodation

Berkeley House, Lewes – A Grade II Listed 1820’s Regency house, Berkeley House offers a warm welcome and very comfortable accommodation in the heart of historic Lewes.

South Downs Way hotel

Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston – set on the banks of the Cuckmere River, Deans Place is an excellent hotel offering very comfortable accommodation and excellent amenities

The Star Inn, Alfriston – steeped in history and full of character, the Star Inn is a 13th Century Inn with very good quality accommodation

Riverdale House, Alfriston – enjoying a peaceful setting with wonderful views, Riverdale House offers very comfortable accommodation

Southcroft Guesthouse, Eastbourne – conveniently located near the end of the South Downs Way, Southcroft Guesthouse provides a warm welcome and excellent accommodation

+ Extras

Optional Add-ons

If you’ve time to spare, we’d recommend taking an extra day at the start of your walk to explore historic Arundel, just a 5 minute train ride from Amberley. The town is dominated by the magnificent castle, and there’s also a gothic cathedral to explore as well as a bustling town centre.Arundel Castle, South Downs Way walking holidays

Upgrades

If you’d like to celebrate a special occasion while you’re away, or if you just fancy treating yourself for a night or two, we can arrange upgrades to some of the very best accommodation the South Downs has to offer. Here is just one example of some truly memorable places to stay:  Luxury hotel Alfriston