When the South Downs Way National Trail opened in 1972 it was heralded as the first long-distance bridleway intended for walkers, cyclists and horse riders alike.
Exploring the Sussex Downs and East Hampshire AONB, the South Downs Way follows the northern escarpment for much of the way and rarely descends to habitation except where river valleys interrupt the regular course of the Downs.
A full description of the trail is included from east to west and west to east over 12 stages.
This guidebook is part of a two-book series on the North Downs and South Downs Ways.Seasons
- The South Downs Way can be walked at all times of year – this is one of the driest and warmest parts of England.Centres
- Eastbourne, Alfriston, Lewes, Amberley, Burint, Exton, WinchesterDifficulty
- The South Downs Way is a waymarked bridleway; very few stiles. Few towns/villages en route. 12 daily stages (max length = 12 miles).Must See
- Beachy Head, Long Man of Wilmington, Ditchling Beacon, Clayton Windmills, Butser Hill, Winchester