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19 Jan 2015
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9781852847821
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The South Downs Way

Described East-West and West-East

by Kev Reynolds
Book published by Cicerone Press

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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Description

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.

  • Includes full OS mapping for every stage
  • Provides detailed practical information on getting to the trail and walking it, including facilities and accommodation en route
  • Seasons
    the South Downs Way can be walked at all times of year - this is one of the driest and warmest parts of England
  • Centres
    Eastbourne, Alfriston, Lewes, Amberley, Burint, Exton, Winchester
  • Difficulty
    The South Downs Way is a waymarked bridleway; very few stiles; few towns/villages en route; 12 daily stages (max length 12 miles)
  • Must See
    Beachy Head, Long Man of Wilmington, Ditchling Beacon, Clayton Windmills, Butser Hill, Winchester
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Contents

Contents
Introduction
The Downs
The South Downs Way
Accommodation
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
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