South Downs Way

from £325

If you haven’t got time to do the whole route, this is ideal to do over a long weekend. It will give you a good taster and you’ll definitely want to come back to complete the route! The first 2 days are both long so you’ll need to bit fit and used to walking long distances.

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Day one – Arrive in Winchester

Check in to your accommodation then explore this beautiful, historic city.

Day two– Winchester to East Meon – 18 miles / 29 kms

Highlights:

• The cathedral city of Winchester.
• Beacon Hill – it’s a nature reserve and commands outstanding views of the surrounding countryside.
• Old Winchester Hill – great views and there is a fine Iron Age hill-fort site at the top.
• Meon Springs – beautiful spot where you can get refreshments and fill up your water bottles.

• The pretty village of East Meon.

Day three – East Meon to Cocking – 17 miles/ 27 kms

Highlights:

• Butser Hill – highest point on the South Downs Way at 270 metres.
• Queen Elizabeth Country Park – large area of beautiful mixed woodland.
• The picturesque village of Buriton ( half hour (in total) detour from the way).
• Harting Down – fantastic views across the Weald, it’s possible to see the North Downs on a clear day.

Day four – Cocking to Amberley – 12 miles / 19 kms

• Heyshott Down – great views inland.
• Bignor Roman Villa – dating back to 3rd Century AD, with amazingly preserved mosaic floors. It’s 1.5 miles from the South Downs Way and just off the old Roman road Stane Street.
• Bignor Hill – fantastic views right along the Downs.
• Amberley Working Museum – excellent museum of local history, just off the way.
• Amberley village – one of the prettiest villages in the South Downs, just off the way.
• First views of the sea to the south.

You can either head off from Amberley in the afternoon, but we’d recommend spending the night in this beautiful village and taking the time to explore the historic town of Arundel the following day. It’s just 5 minutes away by train.

£325 per person for 3 nights.

£360 per person for 4 nights (overnighting in Amberley 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 owners very well and we only work with nice people! Here’s a selection of the handpicked B&Bs, hotels and country inns we use – feel free to check them out on Tripadvisor, we do!

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Giffard House Hotel, Winchester – a friendly, family hotel that offers luxury accommodation

The King Alfred, Winchester – A gem in Winchester’s crown. With cosy corners, freshly cooked pub food and five very comfortable rooms

The Long House, East Meon – situated in a peaceful, rural location, the Long House is a barn and stable conversion offering very comfortable accommodation

Cocking B&B, South Downs Way

Moonlight Cottage & The Malthouse, Cocking – first class B&B accommodation in a characterful farmhouse and charming flint and brick cottage

Stane House, Bignor – a beautiful house in a peaceful setting, Stane House offers very good quality accommodation a stone’s throw from Bignor Roman Villa

Arun Valley B&B, Houghton Farm, Houghton – a working farm with two good pubs nearby, Houghton Farm is a welcoming B&B with very comfortable accommodation

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, Amberley – 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

Optional Add-ons

If you’ve time to spare, we’d recommend taking an extra day at the start of your walk to explore  Winchester.It’s a pleasure to just stroll along the banks of the River Itchen and wander around the historic city centre, with its independent shops and array of restaurants and pubs.

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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 Amberley

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Day one – Arrive in Winchester

Check in to your accommodation then explore this beautiful, historic city.

Day two– Winchester to East Meon – 18 miles / 29 kms

Highlights:

• The cathedral city of Winchester.
• Beacon Hill – it’s a nature reserve and commands outstanding views of the surrounding countryside.
• Old Winchester Hill – great views and there is a fine Iron Age hill-fort site at the top.
• Meon Springs – beautiful spot where you can get refreshments and fill up your water bottles.

• The pretty village of East Meon.

Day three – East Meon to Cocking – 17 miles/ 27 kms

Highlights:

• Butser Hill – highest point on the South Downs Way at 270 metres.
• Queen Elizabeth Country Park – large area of beautiful mixed woodland.
• The picturesque village of Buriton ( half hour (in total) detour from the way).
• Harting Down – fantastic views across the Weald, it’s possible to see the North Downs on a clear day.

Day four – Cocking to Amberley – 12 miles / 19 kms

• Heyshott Down – great views inland.
• Bignor Roman Villa – dating back to 3rd Century AD, with amazingly preserved mosaic floors. It’s 1.5 miles from the South Downs Way and just off the old Roman road Stane Street.
• Bignor Hill – fantastic views right along the Downs.
• Amberley Working Museum – excellent museum of local history, just off the way.
• Amberley village – one of the prettiest villages in the South Downs, just off the way.
• First views of the sea to the south.

You can either head off from Amberley in the afternoon, but we’d recommend spending the night in this beautiful village and taking the time to explore the historic town of Arundel the following day. It’s just 5 minutes away by train.

+ Dates & Prices

£325 per person for 3 nights.

£360 per person for 4 nights (overnighting in Amberley 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 owners very well and we only work with nice people! Here’s a selection of the handpicked B&Bs, hotels and country inns we use – feel free to check them out on Tripadvisor, we do!

giffard-house-1

Giffard House Hotel, Winchester – a friendly, family hotel that offers luxury accommodation

The King Alfred, Winchester – A gem in Winchester’s crown. With cosy corners, freshly cooked pub food and five very comfortable rooms

The Long House, East Meon – situated in a peaceful, rural location, the Long House is a barn and stable conversion offering very comfortable accommodation

Cocking B&B, South Downs Way

Moonlight Cottage & The Malthouse, Cocking – first class B&B accommodation in a characterful farmhouse and charming flint and brick cottage

Stane House, Bignor – a beautiful house in a peaceful setting, Stane House offers very good quality accommodation a stone’s throw from Bignor Roman Villa

Arun Valley B&B, Houghton Farm, Houghton – a working farm with two good pubs nearby, Houghton Farm is a welcoming B&B with very comfortable accommodation

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, Amberley – 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

+ 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  Winchester.It’s a pleasure to just stroll along the banks of the River Itchen and wander around the historic city centre, with its independent shops and array of restaurants and pubs.

215x215winchester

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 Amberley