South Downs Way Short Break - East Section

A taster break along the most southerly stretch of the trail from Kingston-near-Lewes to Eastbourne.

3 nights
23 miles

From £315 per person

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About this route

Arguably one of the most dramatic sections of the entire trail, our Eastern Section Short Break travels through quiet valleys and across breezy open spaces, surrounded by big views.

The trail straddles the ridge of the escarpment to the village of Alfriston, famed for its ancient buildings, and winds through Friston Forest. Dramatic coastal views crown the route at Birling Gap, Seven Sisters Cliffs, and Beachy Head.

© Contours Walking Holidays South Downs Way Short Break - East Section map
Kingston-near-Lewes to Eastbourne
23 miles (37 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Exploring the many hamlets and villages along the route, including Iford, Southease, Firle and Westdean.

Watching daring paragliders flying from Bostal Hill during the summer.

Celebrating the completion of the trail in the lively seaside town of Eastbourne, with plenty of fantastic scenery to enjoy.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
SDWSBE From Kingston-near-Lewes to Eastbourne 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate£315

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

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

Travel to Kingston-near-Lewes where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Kingston-near-Lewes to Alfriston. 12 miles (19km)

Day 2

Alfriston to Eastbourne. 12.5 miles (20km)


Depart from Eastbourne 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 charming village of Kingston-near-Lewes is a good place to spend a rest day. With a pub and 13th century church, there is plenty of opportunity to relax, while the county town of Lewes is less than two miles away and is packed with things to see and do including a castle, ruined priory, the house of Anne of Cleves and a variety of antique shops.

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: 23 miles (36.5 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12 miles (19 km)
Maximum daily distance: 12.5 miles (20 km)
Code: SDWSBE Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Kingston-near-Lewes
End of holiday: Eastbourne

Route Profile

South Downs Way Short Break East Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

For SDWT1 - Kingston-near-Lewes to Eastbourne

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

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Kingston-near-Lewes) is at Lewes (about 2 miles away). There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Eastbourne).

By Bus - Few bus services run to Kingston-near-Lewes. Various bus services run from Eastbourne.

From London - Trains run from London Victoria station to Lewes. From there, a bus/taxi will be required to Kingston-near-Lewes.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the train from Eastbourne to Lewes. From there a bus/taxi will be required.

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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