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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 £355 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

“This was our 5th Contours holiday and was of the excellent standard we have come to expect from Contours.”
Mr McDonough, UK
“Couldn’t have gone better.”
Mr Ogden, 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
“Good/excellent accommodation throughout.”
Mr Lea, 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
“A wonderful experience. The South Downs is a beautiful is a beautiful area and a wonderful place to walk.”
Dr Reader, Canada
“The walk was excellent. The weather was kind to us. I would recommend the walking route.”
Mrs Whailin, UK
“Many thanks. We are already planning our next walk for October 2019. It goes without saying that we will be looking to make use of your services again.”
Mr King, UK
“Loved it, terribly sunny all the day! Absolutely fabulous.”
Mrs Pfaff, 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)