The South Downs Way runs across England’s newest National Park – the South Downs National Park – giving you the opportunity to experience some of our finest countryside between Winchester, the first capital of England, and the white cliffs at Eastbourne.
The South Downs Way runs along a chalk ridge which means that the path drains and dries out quickly making it good walking all year round. The elevated position ensures you are rewarded with breathtaking views across the English Channel and Isle of Wight to the south, and over the wooded Weald and heathland ridges to the north.
It is one of the easiest National Trails to traverse, with limited steep sections, apart from when the route drops down into river valleys, and for the descent into the towns and villages along the way. You’ll also pass iron age hill forts, as well as the spectacular chalk formations of The Devil’s Dyke and the Seven Sisters. If you’re looking for an abundance of wildlife, woodland, sites of scientific interest, traditional pubs and quaint villages, then the South Downs Way is the walking holiday for you.
We have one South Downs Way holiday covering the full route.
We offer a 9 day walking holiday along the entire route which can be completed at a leisurely pace
I can't think of anything that could be improved upon as the walk was so well planned. Walking the South Downs was very beautiful and challenging. Thank you for putting together a truly memorable trip.
Richard Merrell, USA
South Downs Way
We had a wonderful time on the South Downs Way walk even if we did get drenched to the skin several times! The baggage transfer went without a hitch and the choice of accommodation was second to none. The high point for us in the walking was walking down Devil's Dyke. You get the full experience when you walk down the valley which was dotted with wild orchids last week. Overall the route is exceptionally well waymarked and, being chalk, is well drained, so there is a pleasing lack of mud. Many thanks for organising such an enjoyable trip. The choice of accommodation definitely added to our enjoyment.
Jill Barr, UK
South Downs Way
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