South Downs Way


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 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.

The South Downs Way 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

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  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Parking with charge

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  • Public toilets
  • Telephone (public)


  • Description of route - From Eastbourne in East Sussex to Winchester in Hampshire
  • Length of route (miles) - 90


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South Downs Way

Type:Cycle Route

South Downs National Park, Eastbourne, BN20 7YA

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South Downs National Park, EastbourneThe Downs around Eastbourne are recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Eastbourne Visitor Centre, Welcome Building, Compton Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4BP

01323 415415

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