South Downs Way

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

3 to 11 nights
18-100 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £320 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.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to walk 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.

Trail running available

We also organise trail running holidays along this trail. Visit Contours Trail Running Holidays.

Customer reviews from the South Downs Way

“Overall it is a good walking holiday. The walking is path is everywhere very well indicated, and the paths are well maintained. The accommodations are also of good level.”
Ms Creusot, Netherlands
“My wife and I returned from our South Downs Way walk earlier this week. This is the second holiday we have had with you and, like the first, it was first class. Wish we had started with you a few years ago when we were a bit (lot) younger and could have tackled some of the more strenuous ones. The scenery on the South Downs was not as dramatic or spectacular as North Cornwall but it was very pleasant walking. The accommodation ranging from good to very good and the hosts were always welcoming and helpful.”
Mr Cowell, UK
“A wonderful experience. The South Downs is a beautiful is a beautiful area and a wonderful place to walk.”
Dr Reader, Canada
“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
“Fabulous holiday despite the weather - many thanks.”
Dr Langdon, UK
“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
“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
“It was great, good time and good weather made it worthwhile.”
Mr Wheelock, UK
“Overall a great success and we enjoyed it…”
Mrs Lewis, UK
"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)