The South Downs Way is one of 15 National Trails in England and Wales. It was the first bridleway National Trail in England and is the only National
Trail to lie entirely within a National Park, running right through the heart of the South Downs National Park
100 miles of chalk downland walking separate Winchester – the ancient Saxon Capital of Wessex and England and the Victorian seaside resort of Eastbourne.
Stretching over a rare large area of outstanding natural beauty, The South Downs Way follows the old routes and droveways along the chalk escarpment and ridges of The South Downs from Winchester to the white chalky cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.
Glorious Countryside and Stunning Views
Walking The South Downs Way offers the opportunity to experience some of the finest landscapes in Britain. You can enjoy exceptional views of the Isle of Wight and the Solent, the high heathlands of the Western Weald and Blackdown, the heavily wooded Weald of Sussex, and the receding ridges of the Chalk Downs themselves as well as the distant ridge of the North Downs. At the Eastern end of the trail you can enjoy the famous sea cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.
For nature lovers, The South Downs Way passes through an extraordinary range of diverse habitats including ancient woodlands, river valleys, chalk
grassland, mixed farm land and coastal habitats.
20 Years Experience of The South Downs Way
Footprints of Sussex have a vast amount of experience of organising self-guided walking holidays on The South Downs Way. We have been leading walks and offering holidays along the The South Downs Way for over 20 years and each year in June we also lead the annual South Downs Way Walk along the trail in its entirety. That’s how we know the South Downs and the National Park so well.
Our self-guided walking holidays and short breaks on The South Downs Way will give you the opportunity to see some of the finest countryside and historical sites in Britain, including the great iron age hill forts of Old Winchester Hill, Chanctonbury Ring and Devil’s Dyke.
As one of the leading walking companies in Sussex, Footprints of Sussex has some great options for enjoying the South Downs Way National Trail. We will
provide accommodation, baggage transfers and route maps and guides to maximise your enjoyment of The South Downs Way.
The South Downs way normally takes between 7-9 days to walk in its entirety, but we also offer bespoke, personally tailored short and weekend breaks on The South Downs Way, that allow you to enjoy some of the finest walking and beautiful scenery of The South Downs National Park.
Baggage transfers are included as part of our service for anyone booking one of of self-guided walking holidays or short breaks on the South Downs Way, but we also offer the service to anyone organising their own walking holiday and accommodation. Get in touch for more details and a quote.
We are the proud organisers of this nine day, supported walk along the full 100 miles of The South Downs Way. Enjoyed every June by hundreds of people from all over the world for the past 36 years, next year it will run from Friday 10th – Saturday 18th June.
As well as organising self-guided holidays and short breaks in The South Downs National Park, we also organise local guided walks and publish walks in
newspapers and magazines. We have also been instrumental in creating two delightful long distance waymarked trails.
If, after you have walked The South Downs Way on one of our holidays or short breaks, you are looking for a memento of your trip then have a look through our art gallery. Here you can order prints or originals of some stunning artwork inspired by The South Downs Way by local artists.
Walking The South Downs Way Intro Video – Footprints of Sussex