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6-Day Walking Holiday from Winchester to Eastbourne Walk

6 days
106 miles / 171 km

Overview

(Booking code SDW6)

This walk from Winchester to Eastbourne is ideal for anyone very short on time and looking for a real challenge on the South Downs Way. You’ll need to be fit as you’ll be averaging around 17 miles per day, with 4 long days (one of them very long!) All accommodation on the South Downs Way is arranged for you with all accommodation providers personally approved by our team.

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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 – 17 miles / 27 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.

Day three

East Meon to Cocking – 18 miles / 29 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 Steyning – 23 miles / 37 kms

Highlights:

• 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 glimpse of the sea to the south and sweeping 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 five

Steyning to Lewes – 18 miles / 29 km

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 six

Lewes to Alfriston – 14 miles / 23 km

Highlights:

• 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• 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 seven

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!

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£830 per person for 6 nights.

£890 per person for 7 nights (overnighting in Eastbourne at the end of your walk).

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

This walk is available to book any time between 01 April – 31 October 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 have the time to spare, we’d really recommend taking a day off during your walk. This not only gives your legs and feet a rest, but also gives you the opportunity to explore the local area, and there is plenty to see and do!

The historic town of Arundel, with its magnificent castle and cathedral, is well worth a visit, as is the historic county town of Lewes. Or you could just take a leisurely stroll around the beautiful village of Amberley, or just put your feet up for the day!

Arundel Castle, South Downs Way walking holidays

Arundel Castle

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 are just a couple of examples of some truly memorable places to stay:

Luxury hotel Amberley

Amberley Castle, Amberley


Luxury hotel Alfriston

Wingrove House, Alfriston

Why book with us?

We love what we do!

We are passionate about the South Downs and are only too happy to share our knowledge and expertise to help you get the very most from your trip. Every walk we offer is one we have enjoyed ourselves!

South Downs Way experts

Our years of experience of working in, as well as walking and cycling throughout the South Downs National Park give us a level of expertise that’s hard to beat!

Perfect planning

We believe that attention to detail is the key to arranging the perfect walking holiday, so we take great care in planning your holiday to ensure everything runs like clockwork.

Flexibility and choice

Our friendly and flexible approach means that we can offer a genuinely tailor made service, and help you find the holiday that is perfect for you.

Handpicked 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!

Personalised service

We take great pride in ensuring that every single one of our customers receives outstanding service, specifically tailored to their needs. You’ll deal with the same person from your first enquiry until the end of your holiday, ensuring continuity and great service!

24/7 support

For your peace of mind, we provide you with a mobile number to contact us on should you need support outside office hours.

Responsible tourism

The natural beauty of the South Downs National Park is central to all our walking holidays, so we feel it’s important to play our part in protecting this beautiful area. We have a whole page on our website dedicated to responsible tourism and are also members of the South Downs Society, an independent charity dedicated to protecting the National Park for the enjoyment of future generations.

What’s included?

Handpicked

We only use a very select range of B&B’s which we personally visit and regularly review to ensure high standards.

En suite bathrooms

For your comfort, all rooms we book come with an en suite or private bathroom.

Luggage transfers

We operate our own luggage transfer service and guarantee to collect your bags each day after 0930 and drop off before 1600.

24/7 support

For your peace of mind, we provide out of office hours support.

Guides and map

We provide you with a Trailblazer guide book and a handy sized OS map booklet covering the whole route (one of each per booking).

Personalised trip notes

Our personalised trip notes include all our favourite lunch stops, points of interest along the route, directions to/from your accommodation and a guide to each town or village you stay in, including pub and restaurant recommendations.

Luggage labels

We will provide luggage labels to attach to your bags at the start of your trip.

Transfers

Most of the accommodation we use is within a mile or so of the South Downs Way, but occasionally we use B&B’s a bit further from the trail so as not to compromise on quality. In these cases, we will provide you with a taxi transfer to/from your accommodation.

Booking Form

Please complete the form below to book your holiday and we will respond to you within 48 hours.