• South Downs Way National Trail
    South Downs Way National Trail
    Footprints are the local South Downs Way Specialists. Over 25 years of experience and local knowledge.
  • Short Break Walking Holidays
    Short Break Walking Holidays
    Short Breaks on South Downs Way, Lewes to Eastbourne in the South Downs National Park
  • Walking Holidays on South Downs Way
    Walking Holidays on South Downs Way
    Devils Dyke to Chanctonbury Ring, what better place to holiday than the South Downs Way
  • Poppies on South Downs Way
    Poppies on South Downs Way
    Poppies bathing in a setting sun in South Downs National Park near Brighton
  • Oxbow Lakes at Cuckmere Haven
    Oxbow Lakes at Cuckmere Haven
    Stunning oxbow lakes at Cuckmere Haven within South Downs National Park
  • Arun Valley Amberley
    Arun Valley Amberley
    Sunset over Arun Valley and South Downs Way at Amberley
  • Birling Gap Sunrise
    Birling Gap Sunrise
    Last day of walking the South Downs Way. One of many highlights during our Annual Walk every June

Annual South Downs Way Walk

The Annual South Downs Way Walk is an organised nine day walk along the full 100 miles of The South Downs Way, one of England’s finest national trails. Full details of the walk can be found on its dedicated website below:


For the past 39 years it has been enjoyed, every June, by hundreds of people from all over the world. It is, by tradition, a supported rather than a guided walk – with everyone free to walk at their own pace each day. However, the Footprints team of experienced leaders walk the South Downs trail with you and you’re assured that there will always be people nearby to help with directions, first aid or just a friendly smile.

With luxury coach transport provided to and from the trail each day, it is by far the simplest way of completing this beautiful countryside walk.

The South Downs Way walk changes direction every year and in 2019 it will begin in Eastbourne on Friday 7th June and finish in Winchester on Saturday 15th June. The walk will be followed by a celebratory buffet reception at The Guildhall in Winchester on the Saturday afternoon.

Please note we do not book accommodation for this annual walk, but we can offer recommendations to participants.

Each day averages around 11 miles; Next year’s sectors are as follows:

Eastbourne – Alfriston – Lewes – Devil’s Dyke – Washington – Whiteways – Cocking – Queen Elizabeth Country Park – Exton – Winchester

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This includes:

  • Luxury coach transport to and from the South Downs Way trail for each of the nine days
  • Buffet reception at the end of the walk with complimentary drinks
  • Personal route completion certificates
  • Free entry to all the competitions
  • The support of the Footprints Red Shirts who will walk the trail with you
  • An invitation to the ‘briefing meeting’ in May, with complimentary refreshments

The Annual Walk is popular, as such places are limited and get booked up quickly…