4-Day Walk from £590

This four-day South Downs walking itinerary from Amberley to Eastbourne involves one 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 Steyning – 13 miles / 21 km

• 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.

Day three– Steyning to Lewes – 18 miles / 29 km

• River Adur – views south towards the stunning hillside Abbey at Lancing College.
• Fulking Hill – spectacular 360-degree views.
• Devil’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 the Ashdown forest.
• Lewes – this pretty county town is steeped in history

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

• 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 km

Highlights:

• Cuckmere Valley – where the river Cuckmere meanders its 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!

£590 per person for 4 nights.

£650 per person for 5 nights (overnighting in Eastbourne at the end of your walk).

These prices are based on two people sharing, a single supplement of £50/night applies.

This walk is available to book any time between 01 April – 30 September 24 (with the exception of 20 – 30 August) .

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 monitor customer feedback and online reviews. For extra peace of mind we book the accommodation and send your confirmed itinerary before you need to pay your deposit, so you can see exactly where you will be staying before committing to the walking holiday.

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 accommodations 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 Steyning – 13 miles / 21 km

• 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.

Day three– Steyning to Lewes – 18 miles / 29 km

• River Adur – views south towards the stunning hillside Abbey at Lancing College.
• Fulking Hill – spectacular 360-degree views.
• Devil’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 the Ashdown forest.
• Lewes – this pretty county town is steeped in history

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

• 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 km

Highlights:

• Cuckmere Valley – where the river Cuckmere meanders its 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

£590 per person for 4 nights.

£650 per person for 5 nights (overnighting in Eastbourne at the end of your walk).

These prices are based on two people sharing, a single supplement of £50/night applies.

This walk is available to book any time between 01 April – 30 September 24 (with the exception of 20 – 30 August) .

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 monitor customer feedback and online reviews. For extra peace of mind we book the accommodation and send your confirmed itinerary before you need to pay your deposit, so you can see exactly where you will be staying before committing to the walking holiday.

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 accommodations the South Downs has to offer. Here is just one example of some truly memorable places to stay:  Luxury hotel Alfriston

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