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Guidebook for walking the South Downs Way National Trail, a glorious 100 mile (160km) National Trail between Winchester and Eastbourne through the South Downs National Park, described in both directions over 12 stages. Easy walking on many ancient and historical tracks, fine wooded areas, delightful river valleys and lovely little villages.
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This guidebook describes the South Downs Way National Trail between Winchester and Eastbourne on England's south coast. Described in 12 daily stages in both east-west and west-east directions, this glorious 100-mile (160km) national trail runs between Winchester and Eastbourne entirely within the South Downs National Park, following the northern escarpment for much of the way and rarely descending to habitation except where river valleys wind through and interrupt the Downs.
The South Downs Way links many ancient and historical tracks, passing many sites of particular interest to those with a thirst for the past, but the main joy is the appreciation and recognition of this surprisingly secretive land that will please and delight any walker. This national trail is walked in whole or in part by thousands of visitors every year, and is the only national trail to entirely run within a national park. With far-reaching views, pretty villages, woodlands and largely dry easy walking this is a justifiably popular national trail.
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|The South Downs Way|
|Walking Companies and Baggage Transfers|
|Getting There – and Back|
|Using the Guide|
|Trail Description – Westbound|
|Stage 1: Eastbourne to Alfriston (Footpath route via the Seven Sisters)|
|Stage 1(a): Eastbourne to Alfriston (Bridleway route inland via Jevington)|
|Stage 2: Alfriston to Southease|
|Stage 3: Southease to Housedean (A27)|
|Stage 4: Housedean (A27) to Pyecombe|
|Stage 5: Pyecombe to Botolphs (Adur Valley)|
|Stage 6: Botolphs to Washington|
|Stage 7: Washington to Amberley|
|Stage 8: Amberley to Cocking|
|Stage 9: Cocking to South Harting|
|Stage 10: South Harting to Buriton (Queen Elizabeth Forest)|
|Stage 11: Buriton to Exton|
|Stage 12: Exton to Winchester|
|Trail Description – Eastbound|
|Stage 1: Winchester to Exton|
|Stage 2: Exton to Buriton|
|Stage 3: Buriton to South Harting|
|Stage 4: South Harting to Cocking|
|Stage 5: Cocking to Amberley|
|Stage 6: Amberley to Washington|
|Stage 7: Washington to Botolphs (Adur Valley)|
|Stage 8: Botolphs to Pyecombe|
|Stage 9: Pyecombe to Housedean (A27)|
|Stage 10: Housedean (A27) to Southease|
|Stage 11: Southease to Alfriston|
|Stage 12: Alfriston to Eastbourne (Footpath route via the Seven Sisters)|
|Stage 12(a): Alfriston to Eastbourne (Bridleway route inland via Jevington)|
|Appendix A Useful Addresses|
|Appendix B Public Transport Information|