South Downs Way
The South Downs Way starts at the ancient and historic city of Winchester and follows the northern crest of the chalk escarpment of the South Downs, all the way to the sea. Stretching for 100 miles through England’s newest National Park, to the seaside town of Eastbourne, this walking holiday offers a fabulous taste of this lovely rural area, with spectacular views, expansive fields, beautiful woodlands, picturesque villages and huge amounts of history.
The South Downs Way is well marked and easy to follow. It is used by horses and cyclists, so is very accessible, with almost no stiles. It links many ancient and historic tracks, used by travellers and traders since the Stone Age. It is one of the easiest National Trails, with few steep sections, apart from when the route drops down into river valleys, and for the descent to overnight stays in the pretty towns, villages and farms along the way.
Although seldom exceeding 250m (820ft), this walking holiday gives a great feeling of space, and a sense of being ‘on top of the world’. Passing iron age hill forts, the spectacular chalk formations of The Devil’s Dyke and the Seven Sisters, and rolling countryside with fields of grazing sheep, corn and wild flowers. The South Downs Way offers a magnificent sense of solitude, centuries of history and a cross section of one of the most beautiful parts of southern England.
We have a choice of 4 holidays covering the whole route, from 6 to 10 days walking, depending how far you wish to walk each day. If you don’t have time to do the whole route, we have holidays covering each half of the route. And finally, there’s our South Downs Short Break, a round walk over Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, between Eastbourne and Alfriston.
South Downs Way
Winchester - Eastbourne 104 Meilen/167 km
We offer 4 holidays covering the whole route. The 6 day holiday has 4 long days and should only be attempted if you are fit and used to walking long distances day after day. The 9 day trip is done at a more leisurely pace. Most people spend 7 days walking the whole South Downs Way. Please bear in mind that both the 7 and 8 day options include one longer day of about 21 miles.
|SD7||6 Tage Wanderroute (7 Nächte)||17 Meilen/27 km||899 € - 1048 €||Mehr Buchen|
|SD8||7 Tage Wanderroute (8 Nächte)||15 Meilen/24 km||990 € - 1165 €||Mehr Buchen|
|SD9||8 Tage Wanderroute (9 Nächte)||13 Meilen/21 km||1102 € - 1302 €||Mehr Buchen|
|SD10||9 Tage Wanderroute (10 Nächte)||12 Meilen/19 km||1199 € - 1423 €||Mehr Buchen|
South Downs Way Eastern Section
Amberley - Eastbourne 53 Meilen/85 km
The eastern section has wide panoramic views. It finishes with a spectacular cliff walk over the Seven Sisters, where the South Downs meet the sea.
|SDE5||4 Tage Wanderroute (5 Nächte)||13 Meilen/21 km||639 € - 739 €||Mehr Buchen|
|SDE6||5 Tage Wanderroute (6 Nächte)||11 Meilen/18 km||754 € - 879 €||Mehr Buchen|
South Downs Way Western Section - Winchester to Amberley
Winchester - Amberley 50 Meilen/80 km
The section between Winchester and Amberley has many wooded areas, offering shade from the sun and a variety of views. It is steeped in history from start to finish.
|SDW4||3 Tage Wanderroute (4 Nächte)||17 Meilen/27 km||525 € - 599 €||Mehr Buchen|
|SDW5||4 Tage Wanderroute (5 Nächte)||13 Meilen/21 km||639 € - 739 €||Mehr Buchen|
Seven Sisters and the Long Man - South Downs Short Break
Alfriston - Alfriston 19 Meilen/31 km
This is a 2 day circular walk from Alfriston, passing the famous Long Man of Wilmington, Britain’s largest chalk figure. After spending the night in Eastbourne, you walk along the top of the spectacular Seven Sisters before heading inland, via the Cuckmere River, back to Alfriston.