South Downs Way

Eastbourne to Winchester
10 nights; 9 days walking

The South Downs Way is a superb outing. This well-known National Trail runs for 99 miles following a route along the crest of the chalk downs from the south coast at Eastbourne to historic Winchester cathedral. The initial coastal section traverses the magnificent clifftops of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters before following the Cuckmere estuary inland to pick up the high ridge of the South Downs.


White cliffs at Beachy Head



The sense of space is truly exhilarating, with far-reaching views over both the English Channel and the Sussex Weald. The underfoot conditions are excellent, even during wet weather, and the chalk grassland supports a marvellous variety of flora and butterflies as well as numerous birds of prey.


View from the South Downs Ridge to Lewes


Highlights of the route include Beachy Head; the downland viewpoints of Ditchling Beacon, Firle Beacon, Chanctonbury Ring and Butser Hill; the historic village of Alfriston; the ‘Jack and Jill’ windmills and Devil’s Dyke.

Approximate daily distances:
  •  Eastbourne to Alfriston - 12 miles (19 kms)
  •  Alfriston to Kingston-near-Lewes - 12 miles (19 kms)
  •  Kingston-near-Lewes to Pycombe - 12 miles (19 kms)
  •  Pycombe to Bramber - 9 miles (14 kms)
  •  Bramber to Amberley - 14 miles (23 kms)
  •  Amberley to Cocking - 13 miles (21 kms)
  •  Cocking to Buriton - 12 miles (19 kms)
  •  Buriton to Exton - 12 miles (19 kms)
  •  Exton to Winchester Cathedral - 12 miles (19 kms)



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Travel information - start

Rail: Eastbourne
Onward travel: On foot or taxi

Travel information - finish
Rail: Winchester 
Onward travel: On foot or taxi

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