The South Downs Way is one of the official UK National Trails, running from Eastbourne to Winchester, following old routes and droveways along the chalk escarpment and ridges of the South Downs National Park. The total length is just over 160 kilometres (100 miles). It is the only National Trail which is a bridleway (walkers sharing the path with horses and cyclists) along its whole length.
The South Downs Way official site suggests a range, from easy walks (less than 5 miles) to challenging walks (more than 10 miles). We tend to go for walks intermediate between these categories.
- Details of our stages are given below, (including start and finish points, an estimate of the distance walked and the height climbed and, in some cases, where we stayed). Click on the Stage number for a description of the route we took.
Stage 1 - 12/05/2012 - Alfriston to Eastbourne - 17.5km - 840m climbed
Stage 2 - 26/05/2012 - Alfriston to Southease - 11.7km - 370m climbed
Stage 3 - 24/06/2012 - Two Hemispheres walk - 12.0km - 945m climbed
Stage 4 - 29/07/2012 - Housedean Fm to Pyecombe - 13.0km - 835m climbed
Stage 5 - 14/09/2012 - Pyecombe to Upper Beeding - 12.3km - 415m climbed
Stage 6 - 26/04/2013 - Upper Beeding to Washington - 12.8km - 923m climbed - B&B in Storrington
Stage 7 - 27/04/2013 - Washington to Amberley - 14.6km - 1183m climbed
Stage 8 - 08/06/2013 - Upwaltham to Amberley - 10.5km - 322m climbed
Stage 9 - 16/08/2013 - Upwaltham to Cocking - 10.7km - 305m climbed - B&B in Cocking
Stage 10 - 17/08/2013 - Cocking to South Harting - 13.5km - 470m climbed
Stage 11 - 12/04/2014 - South Harting to West Meon - 23.5km - 640m climbed - Yew Tree Cottage, West Meon
Stage 12 - 13/04/2014 - West Meon to Old Winchester Hill - 11.4km - 295m climbed - Yew Tree Cottage, West Meon
Stage 13 - 14/04/2014 - West Meon to The Milbury's - 12.7km - 266m climbed - Yew Tree Cottage, West Meon
Stage 14 - 15/04/2014 - The Milbury's to Winchester - 14.4km - 334m climbed
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South Downs Way National Trail website provides an excellent and detailed guide to the 100 mile route in sections of any range of difficulty. It also has information on accommodation available along the path.