5 Day Walk from £670

This five-day walking itinerary from Amberley to Eastbourne allows you to cover the second half of the South Downs Way at a relaxed pace. 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

Highlights

• 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 Poynings – 7 miles / 11 kms

Highlights

• 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.

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

Highlights

• Ditchling Beacon – heading east from here, there are fantastic views inland across the weald and towards the Ashdown forest.
• Iford & Swanborough Hill – great views inland towards Mount Caburn to the north and the sea to the south.
• Lewes – a very historic town, it’s a couple of miles from the way but worth it if you have the energy!
• Monk’s House, Rodmell – this was the home of Virginia Woolf, now owned by the National Trust and open to the public.

Day five – Lewes – Alfriston – 14 miles / 23 kms

Highlights

• Great views inland to the north and the sea to the south, particularly from Firle Beacon.
• The picture postcard village of Alfriston.

Day six– Alfriston to Eastbourne – 12 miles / 19 kms

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!

£670 per person for 5 nights.

£725 per person for 6 nights (overnighting in Eastbourne at the end of your walk).

These prices are based on two people sharing, single supplement of £40/night applies.

This walk is available to book any time between 01 April – 15 October 23.

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. 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 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

Highlights

• 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 Poynings – 7 miles / 11 kms

Highlights

• 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.

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

Highlights

• Ditchling Beacon – heading east from here, there are fantastic views inland across the weald and towards the Ashdown forest.
• Iford & Swanborough Hill – great views inland towards Mount Caburn to the north and the sea to the south.
• Lewes – a very historic town, it’s a couple of miles from the way but worth it if you have the energy!
• Monk’s House, Rodmell – this was the home of Virginia Woolf, now owned by the National Trust and open to the public.

Day five – Lewes – Alfriston – 14 miles / 23 kms

Highlights

• Great views inland to the north and the sea to the south, particularly from Firle Beacon.
• The picture postcard village of Alfriston.

Day six– Alfriston to Eastbourne – 12 miles / 19 kms

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

£670 per person for 5 nights.

£725 per person for 6 nights (overnighting in Eastbourne at the end of your walk).

These prices are based on two people sharing, single supplement of £40/night applies.

This walk is available to book any time between 01 April – 15 October 23.

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. 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 accommodation 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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