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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 £330 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

“Contours really delivered a great service.”
Mr Mahon, UK
“We had a super holiday, this walk was fantastic and the weather superb. Thoroughly enjoyable. Contours did a great job in selecting the accommodation and clear and precise admin throughout the holiday booking process. Thanks.”
Mr Ventress, UK
“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
“So lucky with the weather. Views were stunning. Great trail. We have done a lot of trails and always used Contours.”
Mrs Johnson, UK
“My first experience of this sort of holiday – I was very impressed with how efficiently everything worked.”
Mr Thexton, UK
“We had a lovely time doing the walk (apart from nursing blisters!) and arrangements went smoothly, so many thanks!”
Ms Barnes, Australia
“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
“All stages of planning and accommodations arrangements went flawlessly thanks to your great organisation.”
Ms Reynolds, USA
“It’s a beautiful walk and not many people get to walk parts of it in snow banks.”
Mr Miller, USA
"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)