South Downs Way Short Break - Circular

A circular walking holiday from Alfriston via the Seven Sisters Cliffs, Beachy Head, and Eastbourne.

3 nights
18 miles
Moderate

From £285 per person

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About this route

Explore the dramatic landscape where the chalk escarpment of the South Downs plunges into the sea. This two-day walk follows the South Downs Way footpath along the Cuckmere River, then clambers an undulating course over the breath-taking Seven Sisters Cliffs, Birling Gap, and Beachy Head.

With quaint villages and beautiful views over the rolling South Downs, this is the ideal short break in southern England.

 

Standard
Interactive
South Downs Way Short Break - Circular map
Circular trail beginning at Alfriston
18 miles (29 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Admiring the dramatic coastal views from the Seven Sisters Cliffs, Birling Gap and Beachy Head.

Walking through a variety of scenery, from the rolling South Downs to far-reaching coastal panoramas.

Experiencing the most spectacular section of the South Downs Way in just two days.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
SDWSB A circular trail beginning at Alfriston 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate£285

South Downs Way Short Break Circular 3 nights, 2 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

Travel to Alfriston where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Alfriston to Eastbourne. 12.5 miles (20km)

Day 2

Eastbourne to Alfriston. 8.5 miles (13.5km)

Finish

Depart from Alfriston after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

If you would like to spend some more time exploring at the end of your walk, consider Eastbourne for an extra night. With spectacular views from Beachy Head and a host of historic locations such as Redoubt Fortress as well as shops, parks, gardens, restaurants, museums and galleries, there is plenty to serve as reward after completing your walk.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 18 miles (29 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 12.5 miles (20 km)
Code: SDWSB Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Alfriston
End of holiday: Alfriston

Route Profile

South Downs Way Short Break Circular Route Profile

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent with your full holiday pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Southampton, Bournemouth, London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

By Rail ? The nearest rail stations to Alfriston are either Seaford (about 4 miles away) or Eastbourne (about 10 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to and from Alfriston.

From London - Trains run from London Victoria station to Seaford. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Alfriston.

Return To The Start - The South Downs Way Short Break is a circular tour beginning and ending in Alfriston.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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