South Downs Way - East Section

A walking holiday from Amberley to Eastbourne along the chalk South Downs escarpment to the coastal clifftops.

5 to 6 nights
53 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £460 per person

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About this route

The East section of the South Downs Way begins in Amberley and continues along the chalk escarpment of the South Downs until it reaches the white chalk cliffs of Eastbourne.

The trail crosses open fields and agricultural land as the chalk cliffs fall away to reveal far reaching views of the English Channel.

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South Downs Way - East Section map
Amberley to Eastbourne
53 miles (84 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Admiring the spectacular views from the white chalk cliffs and over the English Channel.

Exploring the idyllic village of Alfriston, nestled in the beautiful Cuckmere Valley.

Arriving in Eastbourne to a memorable finale of high cliffs and dramatic coastline.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
SDWE1 From Amberley to Eastbourne 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate / Demanding£460
SDWE2 From Amberley to Eastbourne 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate£550

South Downs Way - East Section 5 nights, 4 days walking

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

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

Day 1

Amberley to Upper Beeding. 14 miles (22km)

Day 2

Upper Beeding to Kingston-near-Lewes. 18 miles (29km)

Day 3

Kingston-near-Lewes to Alfriston. 10 miles (16km)

Day 4

Alfriston to Eastbourne. 12.5 miles (20km)

Finish

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?

  • 5 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

For somewhere a little quieter, 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.

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: 52.5 miles (84 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10 miles (16 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18 miles (29 km)
Code: SDWE1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Amberley
End of holiday: Eastbourne

Route Profile

South Downs Way - East Section 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 Gatwick and London Heathrow.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Amberley) and also at the end of the trail (Eastbourne).

From London - Trains run from London Victoria station to Amberley.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the train from Eastbourne to Amberley.

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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Customer reviews from the South Downs Way - East Section

“My first experience of this sort of holiday – I was very impressed with how efficiently everything worked.”
Mr Thexton, UK
“I do like the way that whoever answers the phone at Contours seems to know all the details and is able to deal with matters immediately.”
Mr Simmons, UK
“All stages of planning and accommodations arrangements went flawlessly thanks to your great organisation.”
Ms Reynolds, USA
“Excellent, would definitely recommend the walk from Amberley to Eastbourne. Couldn't really go wrong as the South Downs Way is so well marked.”
Mr Woolley, UK

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