South Downs Way

The incredibly beautiful South Downs Way shows just how beautiful the South East of England can be. It's 99 miles between Winchester and Eastbourne are a delight to walk.on

With a load of leave to use up, Spring 2010 saw me decide to walk the South Downs Way - a 100 mile National Trail through the amazing countryside of the South Downs National Park.

I completed the walk in four sections, walking two days each. Below you can find out how I got on, as well as information on how to organise your own walking trip.

South Downs Way Day 1 – Winchester to Exton

Published 23 February 2010

I couldn’t actually tell you where the South Downs Way starts in the city of Winchester. My guide book seemed suitably vague – suggesting it was somewhere near a youth hostel. Online I found nothing useful; just comments that it started in Winchester. Well I knew that already.

South Downs Way Day 2 – Exton to Petersfield

Published 24 February 2010

Charles, the owner of the Copper House B&B (who, incidentally, only does B&B for walkers) had warned me the day before that I’d probably be woken up by the cockeral at about 4am. Well if it did crow, I slept right through it – an unusual occurrence given I normally get woken up at the drop of a hat. Or Catherine’s snoring.

South Downs Way Day 3 – Petersfield to Cocking

Published 15 March 2010

Mud, sun and wind as I walk another day on the South Downs Way.

South Downs Way Day 4 – Cocking to Amberley

Published 17 March 2010

Trees, gloomy weather, funghi and flooded fields. Still, at least it didn’t rain.

South Downs Way Day 5 – Amberley to Upper Beeding

Published 29 March 2010

Classic downsland walking with some great views as I stroll to the edge of West Sussex

South Downs Way Day 6 – Upper Beeding to Lewes

Published 30 March 2010

Beautiful countryside, fantastic sunsets, but sometimes you just don’t want to be doing 20 odd miles…

South Downs Way Day 7 – Lewes to Alfriston

Published 20 May 2010

After a bit of a gap, it’s back on the South Downs Way for the penultimate section.

South Downs Way Day 8 – Alfriston to Eastbourne

Published 21 May 2010

It’s the eighth and final day on the South Downs Way as the trail ends in Eastbourne.

Planning a South Downs Way walk

Published 29 June 2010

An excellent walk across some of the finest scenery in the South of England, the South Downs Way’s myriad of local villages and excellent transport links provide many ways to walk it.

South Downs Way Images and Videos

South Downs Way Gallery

Published 6 February 2011

From Spring 2010, it’s Winchester to Eastbourne in photographic form.

Also about South Downs Way

At the start of the South Downs Way and St Swithun’s Way. Oh and the end of the Clarendon Way too.

Published 7 December 2014

If there’s such a thing as a walking trail hub, then Winchester is one of them.

At the end of the South Downs Way

Published 4 November 2012

Or is it the start?

There’s no good walking in the South East? Hang on whilst I slap you with this wet fish

Published 21 March 2012

There’s this massive thing that some people have that there’s no proper walking in the South East of England. And that’s nonsense.