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Detailed Itinerary for
Walking Holiday in England on
The South Downs Way
Winchester to Eastbourne
via Amberley, Steyning and Alfriston

Walking holiday on South Downs Way
The South Downs Way is 100 miles long and one of UK's National Walking Trails. The walking holiday begins at Winchester and follows the South Downs to Eastbourne through on of the UK's newest National Parks. The South Downs Way walking trail is clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your walking holiday in Southern England. Suggested Tour Duration:
9 days walking
10 nights
Total Distance:
100 miles
Min/max daily distance:
7/13 miles
Average Daily distance:
11 miles
Grading:
easy/moderate
Features:

Winchester Cathedral
South Downs
Devil's Dyke
Ditchling Beacon
Seven Sisters
Beachy Head
Walking holiday on South Downs Way
This is a popular walking tour, so we have carefully selected comfortable accommodation to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing.

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South Downs Way near Eastbourne
This walk connects with the Clarendon Way at Winchester
Day 1: Arrive at Winchester    
To start your South Downs walking holiday you make your own way to Winchester. We can assist with coach or train transfers if necessary. Car parking is available for the duration of your South Downs Way self-guided hiking vacation. This historic city has much to explore, including the fine Cathedral, the Great Hall and Queen Eleanor's Garden, The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester College, Winchester City Mill, The Gurkha Museum, and The Military Museums. In fact, so much, why not take an extra day.
Winchester Cathedral on Walking holiday on South Downs Way
Beacon Hill on Walking holiday on South Downs Way Day 2: Winchester to Exton        12 miles     
The hiking trail heads out of Winchester and soon enters the rolling Hampshire countryside. The South Downs Way passes through the village of Chilcomb with a traditional village green and fine thatched cottages. The hiking trail soon reaches Beacon Hill, a National Nature Reserve offering fine views towards Old Winchester and the Meon Valley.
Day 3: Exton to Clanfield        8 miles
Walking on from Exton the South Downs Way passes one of the finest Iron Age hill forts in southern England and offers superb views; on a clear day the Isle of Wight can be seen. The hiking trail soon reaches the highest point on The South Downs Way, the National Nature Reserve at Butser Hill, an area of chalk grassland. Accommodation is limited so it may be necessary to walk a little off route to Petersfield for your overnight stay.
Exton on Walking holiday on South Downs Way
Cocking Down on Walking holiday on South Downs Way Day 4: Clanfield to Cocking         15 miles     
Hiking on through the Queen Elizabeth Country Park the South Downs Way follows the top of the South Downs escarpment. At Harting Down the hiking trail enters a landscape where there are fewer trees offering fine views of the surrounding area, then the hiking trail descends via Beacon Hill and the Monkton Estate to Cocking Down. After reaching Warren Bottom it's a short distance to the village of Cocking which is only just off the trail.
Day 5: Cocking to Amberley               12 miles     
Walking on from Cocking the South Downs Way soon follows a chalk lane back to the top of the South Downs escarpment. The hiking trail passes through the two nature reserves of Heyshott and Graffham Downs. Before reaching Bignor Hill the route crosses Stanes Street, an old Roman road dating back to 500AD. Before reaching the charming village of Amberley the hiking trail enters the Arun Valley.
Walking holiday on South Downs Way
Bramber on nWalking holiday on South Downs Way Day 6: Amberley to Steyning/Bramber              13 miles     
Today's hike starts with a fairly easy walk along the top of the downs with fine views over the swampy landscape of Amberley Wild. The trail then leads to the top of Chanctonbury Hill and its iconic ring of beech trees. The views are far reaching to the English Channel. Today's walk end at the downland villages of Steyning or Bramber with its beautiful old buildings.
Devils Dyke on South Downs Way walking holiday
Day 7: Steyning/Bramber to Pyecombe              7 miles
You hike along the level escarpment of the Downs to Devil's Dyke, with great views in all directions. A short walk takes you to Pyecombe for your overnight stop.
Jill Windmill on Walking holiday on South Downs Way
Day 8: Pyecombe to Lewes              10.5 miles    
After Pyecombe, you walk past the intriguing Jack and Jill windmills to Ditchling Beacon, then continue along the edge of the escarpment to Lewes.
Alfriston on Walking holiday on South Downs Way
Day 9: Lewes to Alfriston         12 miles    
After crossing the River Ouse you hike back onto high ground and continue along the crest of the escarpment, with the high point being Firle Beacon. Then the path drops steadily down the Alfriston, one of the prettiest villages on the South Downs Way, with its higgledy-piggledy Tudor wood-beamed houses.
Beachy Head on Walking holiday on South Downs Way
Day 10: Alfriston to Eastbourne       11 miles    
Today's walk is possibly the highlight of the whole of the South Downs Way. The day's walking starts with following the Cuckmere Valley down to the coast, then along the top of the Seven Sisters, a line of chalk cliffs, to Birling Gap and Beachy Head. Then all too soon you find yourself in Eastbourne.
Eastbourne on Walking holiday on South Downs Way
Day 11: depart after breakfast
or extend your stay and spend some time exploring the beautiful area.

What's included
in your UK walking holiday
on The South Downs Way

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • 1:25 OS maps and detailed itineraries
  • Guide book to South Downs Way
You can walk this hiking tour over 9 days at about 11 miles per day.
This walking holiday in the UK operates March through October and in either direction.
Short walking breaks are also available, with 2 or 3 days walking. Just select the part of the path you want to walk.
The above distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too. Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of the UK.
Online booking available. A deposit of £55 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
South Downs Way 11 day itinerary:
9 days walking and 10 nights accommodation
£840pp
dbl/twin
£1,080pp
single occ
£1,280pp
solo traveller
Book South Downs Way walking holiday online now
All prices subject to change

Optional Extras
for your UK Walking Holiday
on The South Downs Way

  • upgrade to the region's most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
Optional Accommodation Upgrades
Can be added when booking online
Subject to availability                  Supplement per person per night
Winchester Double/Twin Single Room
Wykeham Arms £35.00 £27.50
Warnford (for Exton) Double/Twin Single Room
George & Falcon £12.00 £32.00
Cocking Double/Twin Single Room
Bluebell Inn £19.00 £33.00
Amberley Double/Twin Single Room
Sportsmans Inn £19.00 £31.50
Bramber Double/Twin Single Room
Old Toll Gate Hotel £19.00 £27.00
Lewes Double/Twin Single Room
White Hart Hotel £15.00 £32.00
Alfriston Double/Twin Single Room
Deans Place £36.00 £41.00
Star Inn £36.00 £44.00
Eastbourne Double/Twin Single Room
Cavendish Hotel £43.00 £29.00
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How to get there
By Plane to London, Gatwick, Bournemouth or Southampton where we can arrange transfer to Winchester or Eastbourne
By Car to Winchester where parking is available
By Train / Bus to Winchester or Eastbourne
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