• 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

Dog Walking Holidays in and around The South Downs Way

Taking the lead from our parent company Pawprints of Sussex has been created specifically for dog owners who would like to walk the beautiful South Downs Way with their dog. Dog walking in the South Downs National Park and along the South Downs Way National Trail are fabulous for both you and your four legged companions…. We are based in Steyning, the midway point on the South Downs Way. We personally visit each Bed & Breakfast that we include as part of your holiday and are also very familiar with many of the pubs & restaurants we recommend.

When you make an enquiry with us for a dog walking holiday along the South Downs, we check that the rooms are actually available (unlike some other companies) and that when you place your booking with us you do get what was offered and what you expected!

Because of our local knowledge we routinely use B&Bs that are close to the trail. An exception to this is Lewes (offering excellent accommodation and choices for an evening meal), where uniquely we provide a taxi to get you safely off the trail and save having to walk the 2 miles into town.

If you would like to see what previous walkers have said of our services then please click for HEREWe have over 10 years of feedback, but feel the most recent few years are the most pertinent…

If you don’t have time to walk the South Downs Way in its entirety on one of our self-guided walking holidays you can also do it in small chunks with our self-guided weekend / short break walking holidays.

South Downs Way & Dog Walking in the South Downs National Park

Here at PawPrints of Sussex we strongly believe everyone should be able to share in our beautiful South Downs and this includes responsible dog owners…

Lots of people visit the South Downs National Park because it is a great place to walk a dog. There’s plenty for you and your dog to explore including heathlands, forests, farmland and historical sites.

The South Downs National Park Authority has published some helpful advice for dog owners visiting the park. Please take a look at the short clip below about getting the most out of your walk here in our National Park.

Four Steps To Being A Good Pooch

  1. Take the lead. Free-roaming dogs can harm and kill livestock and wildlife – or stray into dangerous territory.
  2. Scoop the poop. Dog poo contains worms and diseases that can harm wildlife, humans and the environment.
  3. Avoid the red flags. Ministry of Defence (MOD) land is free to use at certain times, but when red flags are flying, stay away!
  4. Don’t scare the birds. Ground-nesting birds love our heathlands but curious dogs can scare birds, causing them to abandon their nests and their young. Stick to the paths, especially between 1 March – 15 September.

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