South Downs Way Short Break - Central Section

A short walking holiday from Buriton to Amberley on a central snippet of the South Downs Way.

3 nights
23 miles
Moderate

From £295 per person

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About this route

Through an agricultural landscape of hedge-lined fields, woodland and meadows, our South Downs Way Short Break – Central Section visits pleasant little villages and summits Bignor Hill, offering far-reaching views across the South Downs.

Along the banks of the River Arun, the trail pushes on to end in a beautiful village of thatched cottages at Amberley.

Standard
Interactive
South Downs Way Short Break - Central Section map
Buriton to Amberley
23 miles (37 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Enjoying the quintessentially English countryside, filled with pretty wildflowers and attractive widlife.

Admiring the excellent panoramic views from the crowns of Pen Hill and Bignor Hill.

Wandering through the attractive village of Amberley as a reward for completing your holiday.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
SDWSBC From Buriton to Amberley 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate£295

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

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

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

Day 1

Buriton to Cocking. 11 miles (17.5km)

Day 2

Cocking to Amberley. 12 miles (19km)

Finish

Depart from Amberley 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 extend your holiday by taking an extra night, there are a number of locations for you to consider.

The pretty village of Amberley is a good choice. The village is comprised of beautiful thatched cottages and is surrounded by the superb countryside of the Arun Valley. There is a museum and a castle that can be viewed from the outside, while just a few miles away lies the marvellous Arundel Castle, where you may wish to spend the day.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 23 miles (36.5 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11 miles (17.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 12 miles (19 km)
Code: SDWSBC Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Buriton
End of holiday: Amberley

Route Profile

South Downs Way Short Break Central 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 London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Southampton and Bournemouth.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Buriton) is at Petersfield (about 3 miles away). There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Amberley).

By Bus - Very few bus services run to Buriton; therefore a taxi may be required. Various bus services run from Amberley.

From London - Trains run from London Waterloo station to Petersfield. From there a bus/taxi will be required.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the train from Amberley to Petersfield. From there a taxi will then be required to Buriton.

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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