Walk The South Downs Way from Eastbourne to Winchester
Double / Single
£1297 / £1688
How does this work?
Start Any Day February to November
Description of Twin/Double
- Most accommodation in Britain is charged on a Per Person basis (rather than per room basis). The price you see here for this tour is the Price per Person.
- If you request a Twin Room there are two single beds (usually 3 feet wide) in the room.
- If you request a Double Room there is one bed in which two people usually sleep (usually 4 feet 6inches wide).
- Both the Double and the the Twin room are sometimes available for Single Occupancy (one person in the room), usually with a supplement to compensate the provider who would normally have received payment from two people.
- If the accommodation offers Single rooms (one bed of 3 feet wide), this will normally be priced higher than half of a double or twin room. Unless space is limited in the village or accommodation we usually avoid these as the rooms tend to be older and less space to move about.
A twelve centre inn-to-inn, self-guided walking tour on the South Downs Way from Eastbourne in Sussex to Winchester in Hampshire, England. 12 nights bed and breakfast accommodation, 11 days walking, luggage transfer, guide book and maps.
The South Downs Way starts at Eastbourne and winds over downs (hills!), into green river valleys and through picturesque villages. For the most part it follows the ridge of the South Downs over an easy blend of flint and chalk. Quick access to villages and resorts makes the Way a good family walk, and it also provides long stretches of easy solitude. It is easily accessible by public transport throughout its length and is therefore suited to those who just want to do a few days, and come back later to do a bit more! You stop in recommended guest or farmhouses or hotels along the way, where accommodation is available in twin, double and single rooms, most but not all with private facilities. B&B and luggage transfer between the overnight stays is inclusive.
DAY ONE: Arrival at Eastbourne. You may arrive anytime after 3pm. If requiring dinner this is usually between 7pm - 9pm both in restaurants (booked in advance) and pubs. Overnight Eastbourne, Sussex, England.
DAY TWO: Walking from Eastbourne to Alfriston. 11 miles (17km). The way begins with a spectacular stretch of coastal walking. A steep climb from Eastbourne to the promontory of Beachy Head is rewarded with an exhilarating seascape across the Seven Sisters cliffs. Then the Way turns inland to Alfriston via Cuckmere Haven and Friston Forest, Westdean and Litlington, which has one of the smallest churches in England. Dinner can be taken at the pub in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight at Alfriston, Sussex, England.
DAY THREE: Walking from Alfriston to Kingston near Lewes. 11 miles (18km). The path from Alfriston rises to Firle Beacon, with its huge barrow (pre-historic grave) and fine views, before descending to the Ouse Valley and Southease. A long rise up to Swanborough Hill before descending to Kingston near Lewes. Dinner can be taken at the pub in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight at Kingston, Sussex, England.
DAY FOUR: Walking from Kingston near Lewes to Clayton. 12 miles (19km). Between Kingston, Newmarket Hill and Clayton there is wooded and downland scenery. On Ditchling Beacon, the Weald stretches out below, the path continuing west to Devils Dyke via the Jack and Jill windmills at Clayton. Dinner can be taken at the pub in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight Clayton, Sussex, England.
DAY FIVE: Walking from Clayton to Bramber. 10 miles (16km). After rising again to the ridge from Clayton you then descend to Pyecombe, where shepherds crooks were made in the old forge. Between Pyecombe and Devils Dyke there is a magnificent view west towards Chanctonbury Ring. The Dyke is said to be part of a ditch dug by the devil inland to flood the churches of the Weald. At Breeding Hill you will see the signpost erected by the Society of Sussex Downsmen to commemorate their Diamond Jubilee in 1973. From Breeding the way crosses the River Adur and strikes north to Bramber. Dinner can be taken at any of the pubs in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight Bramber, Sussex, England.
DAY SIX: Walking from Bramber to Storrington. 11 miles (17km). Now the route continues across the rim of Annington Hill, where there is good escarpment walking. After farmland, you finally arrive at Chanctonbury Ring with an Iron Age earthwork encircling a beechwood. From Kithurst Hill you descend to northwards to Storrington. Dinner can be taken at the pub in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight Storrington, Sussex, England.
DAY SEVEN: Walking from Storrington to Amberley. 6 miles (9km). A short day today as the flint track leads over Rackham Hill to Amberley Mount above the Arun Valley. The Path falls to the river where you are only 3 miles from Arundel with its castle and 1,100 acre park. Dinner can be taken at the pub in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight Amberley, Sussex, England.
DAY EIGHT: Walking from Amberley to Charlton. 14 miles (22km). From the river climb to Houghton, which has a 13th century church, over Bury and Wesburton Hills to the heights above Bignor. This village is well worth a detour, for it has one of the largest Roman villas in Britain, with fine mosaic floors. After Bignor the Way becomes more wooded, the ground stony, and there is a fairly stiff climb through fields to Littleton Down, at 837 feet the highest point of the walk. You descend down off the ridge to your accommodation for the night. Dinner can be taken at the pub in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight Charlton, Sussex, England.
DAY NINE: Walking from Charlton to South Harting. 14 miles (23km). Return to the ridge and you are now almost on the last stretch, and the going is becoming easier and more enclosed, wooded, with clay, not chalk, underfoot. The final hills over of Beacon Hill and Tower Hill and it is time to descend to the accommodation. Dinner can be taken at the pub in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight South Harting, Sussex, England.
DAY TEN: Walking from South Harting to East Meon. 13 miles (21km). Return to the ridge and you go through the Queen Elizabeth Country Park before crossing Tegdown Hill and slipping off the Way past Hen Wood to East Meon. Dinner can be taken at the pub in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight East Meon, Hampshire, England.
DAY ELEVEN: Walking from East Meon to Warnford. 7 miles (11km). A short day to day, to help relax before the final day tomorrow. Enjoy the views, with Chichester Harbour and the cathedral just visible. A good climb up onto Old Winchester hill with its Iron Age Fort before dropping down again to Warnford. Dinner can be taken at the pub in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight Warnford, Hampshire, England.
DAY TWELVE: Walking from Warnford to Winchester. 14 miles (23km). The Way crosses woodland, goes up Beacon Hill. The South Downs Way now crosses farmland before making for Cheesefoot Head and descends to Chilcomb and Winchester. Dinner can be taken at the pub in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight Winchester, Hampshire, England.
DAY THIRTEEN: Departure. The tour finishes from Winchester after breakfast.
RAIL TRAVEL from LONDON to EASTBOURNE (NOT included in tour price): There are regular trains from London to Eastbourne. Presently the 15:47pm from London Victoria arrives Eastbourne at 17:13pm.
RAIL TRAVEL from WINCHESTER to LONDON (NOT included in tour price): There are regular trains from Winchester to London. Presently the 10:18am from Winchester arrives London Waterloo at 11:24am.
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GRADE C: Between 9 - 12 miles (14 - 19kms) a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Strong waterproof walking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds. This tour goes through some areas of remote habitation, and high mountains. You will do up to 2500 feet of ascent and/or descent a day. You will be walking through Farms and walking on Trackless Moorland. You will start walking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 5pm.
For safety reasons, you must be extremely proficient if you intend to walk alone. We strongly suggest against this. Ask yourself can you walk for hours, in driving rain and low visibility, confident in your map reading skills and morale boosting abilities? A friend in need is almost essential.
These grades are for guidance only. For any grade, depending on weather conditions, it may at times be damp underfoot, so waterproof boots are preferable.