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South Downs Way

Walking on the Southdowns Way

We are ideally situated for visitors exploring the South Downs Way, a long distance footpath and bridleway. The trail has about 4,150 metres (13,600 ft) of ascent and descent making it a challenging route.

The undulating path begins in Winchester and moves past Cheesefoot Head, the towns of Petersfield and Arundel, the village of Steyning, Devil's Dyke viewpoint near Brighton and miles of chalk downland, finally ending in Eastbourne. Several youth hostels are along the route to accommodate walkers. It also passes Birling Gap, a beach area with hotel and restaurant.

Much of the South Downs Way is on high chalk downland and the views are dramatic. The Way is solely within the Sussex Downs and East Hampshire Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, now to be the South Downs National Park. There is plenty of historic interest along the way. Without exception it is a very well maintained and signposted route. While it crosses various villages where provisions are available, much of it is surprisingly isolated and quiet considering the density of the population in south-east England. - Excerpt from Wikipedia entry.


For more information check out the official South Downs Way website.