Walking Routes at South Downs National Park
Why not walk or cycle the South Down's Way. The route stretches for 90 miles between Eastbourne and Winchester, taking in picturesque villages and stunning scenery. It is suitable for walkers, horse riders and mountain bikes.
The trail is 161 kilometres long. There are two start points both on the outskirts of Eastbourne. The coastal route from Eastbourne to Alfriston is for walkers only and is 17.5 kilometres. The inland route is the bridleway section and runs from Eastbourne to Alfriston via Jevington. This section is 12 kilometres long.
Through much of East and West Sussex the route follows the escarpment top, with regular water points and waymarked routes to Wealden and downland villages.
Within Hampshire the route through the Meon Valley is undesignated on the ground. Temporary routes are signposted through this area. There are separate routes for riders and walkers.
Appropriate clothing should be worn, in winter the Downs can become very cold and bleak, and good quality outdoor wear essential. During the summer, light weight clothing can be worn, however, user should be prepare for hot, dry conditions
The Downs around Eastbourne are recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty. The dramatic 530 feet high cliffs of Beachy Head give stunning views over the Eastbourne and the English Channel.
Walk from the foot of Beachy Head or climb to the top for dramatic views of the famous red and white-stripped lighthouse. Wheelchair users can also enjoy the area by using the accessible Peace Path on Beachy Head.
Open all the time
Eastbourne in East Sussex to Winchester in Hampshire
M3 for Hants and the M/A23 for Sussex
ContactNational Trails Officer
023 9259 7618
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VenueSouth Downs National Park
Eastbourne, BN20 7YA
Map reference: TV 570968 Lat: 50.75008 Long: 0.22455
Take the B2103 West out of Eastbourne
Parking : with charge
Accessible by Public Transport : 2 miles (3.2 kms) from Eastbourne station
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