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South Downs Way

South Downs Way

A walk along the chalk downs of Hampshire and Sussex, from Winchester to Eastbourne.

3 to 11 nights
22-102 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £345 per person

About the trail

Walk the length of the chalk downs of Hampshire and Sussex on the South Downs Way, which dips into beautiful river valleys to visit Norman and Saxon churches, deserted medieval villages, and historic thatched villages bursting with flowers.

This spectacular National Trail boasts a wealth of old beacon viewpoints overlooking patchwork fields and woodland. Those inland vistas are matched only by the breath-taking views from chalk clifftop trails out over the English Channel at the adventure’s end. The South Downs Way is a stunning walking holiday through iconic English terrain.

The South Downs Way On Film:

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

Customer reviews from the South Downs Way

“So lucky with the weather. Views were stunning. Great trail. We have done a lot of trails and always used Contours.”
Mrs Johnson, UK
“Standard of all B&B's perfectly acceptable. You never let us down!”
Mr Evans, UK
“Contours really delivered a great service.”
Mr Mahon, UK
“A well organised and wonderful trip in stunning countryside, was surprisingly empty of people save the occasional dog walker and mountain biker at the weekend.”
Dr Watson, UK
“My first experience of this sort of holiday – I was very impressed with how efficiently everything worked.”
Mr Thexton, UK
“This was our 5th Contours holiday and was of the excellent standard we have come to expect from Contours.”
Mr McDonough, UK
“The walking was very enjoyable, particularly the latter section, plus the excellent weather.”
Mr Summers, UK
“It was delightful and very restorative. I rave about you to every cab driver and colleague that will listen. The views, particularly on the downs between Cocking and Alfriston, were spectacular. I love waking up each morning with nothing on my agenda except walking.”
Ms Turnbull, USA
“We enjoyed our holiday very much, an excellent walk and really good accommodation at every stage.”
Mr Carrier, UK
"Chanctonbury Ring" by Ella Waddingham (2021)
"Enjoying a Rest" by Marianne Engelshove (2018)
"Approaching the Coast" by Marianne Engleshove (2018)
"Approaching Eastbourne" by Marianne Engleshove (2018)
"Walking towards the Coast" by Marianne Engleshove (2018)
"Arriving at the Coast" by Marianne Engleshove (2018)
"Meeting with the Wildlife" by Marianne Engleshove (2018)
"South Harting" by Steven McDonough (2017)
"Winchester Almshouses" by Steven McDonough (2017)
"Horse near Pyecombe" by Sam Mitchell (2017)
"Along Juggs Way" by Sam Mitchell (2017)
"Dew Pond" by Sam Mitchell (2017)
"Beachy Head" by Sam Mitchell (2017)
"Sheep Field near Kingston" by Sam Mitchell (2017)