South Downs Way

from £315

If you only have a few days, this 3 day walk show cases some of the most spectacular scenery along the whole of the South Downs Way and makes for the perfect long weekend walking break.

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Day one

Arrive in Poynings and check in to your accommodation. There is an excellent pub just a few doors down for your evening meal.

Day two – Poynings to Lewes  – 13 miles / 21 kms

• 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 three – 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 four – 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!

£315 per person for 3 nights.

£370 per person for 4 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 08 April -15 October. We may be able to accommodate you outside these dates, please get in touch to find out.

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/hotel owners very well and we only work with nice people! Here’s a couple of the handpicked B&Bs &  hotels and country inns we use in Alfriston & Eastbourne- feel free to check them out on Tripadvisor, we do!

Dyke Lane House, Poynings (South Downs Way B&B) – situated in the peaceful village of Poynings just a stone’s throw from a great pub, Dyke Lane House is an excellent B&B with bags of character

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 time allows, we’d recommend arriving early in Eastbourne to take some time to explore this historic coastal resort, with its seaside promenade, sweeping coastal views and wealth of magnificent Georgian & Victorian architecture.

Upgrades

If you’d like to celebrate a special occasion while you’re away, or if you just fancy treating yourself, we can arrange upgrades to some of the very best accommodation the South Downs has to offer.

+ Full Itinerary

Day one

Arrive in Poynings and check in to your accommodation. There is an excellent pub just a few doors down for your evening meal.

Day two – Poynings to Lewes  – 13 miles / 21 kms

• 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 three – 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 four – 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

£315 per person for 3 nights.

£370 per person for 4 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 08 April -15 October. We may be able to accommodate you outside these dates, please get in touch to find out.

+ 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/hotel owners very well and we only work with nice people! Here’s a couple of the handpicked B&Bs &  hotels and country inns we use in Alfriston & Eastbourne- feel free to check them out on Tripadvisor, we do!

Dyke Lane House, Poynings (South Downs Way B&B) – situated in the peaceful village of Poynings just a stone’s throw from a great pub, Dyke Lane House is an excellent B&B with bags of character

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 time allows, we’d recommend arriving early in Eastbourne to take some time to explore this historic coastal resort, with its seaside promenade, sweeping coastal views and wealth of magnificent Georgian & Victorian architecture.

Upgrades

If you’d like to celebrate a special occasion while you’re away, or if you just fancy treating yourself, we can arrange upgrades to some of the very best accommodation the South Downs has to offer.