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The South Downs Way

Winchester to Eastbourne, described in both directions

Guidebook to walking the South Downs Way National Trail, a 100 mile (160km) route between Winchester and Eastbourne through the South Downs National Park, described in both directions over 12 stages. Easy walking on ancient and historical tracks, taking in wooded areas, delightful river valleys and pretty villages. With 1:25K OS map booklet.


can be walked at all times of year - this is one of the driest and warmest parts of England


Eastbourne, Alfriston, Lewes, Amberley, Burint, Exton, Winchester


the South Downs Way is a waymarked bridleway; very few stiles; few towns/villages en route; 12 stages (max length 12 miles)

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28 Jun 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.50cm

A guidebook to walking the 158km (100 mile) South Downs Way National Trail. The route crosses the South Downs National Park to link Eastbourne with Winchester and is an ideal option for those new to long-distance walking.

The route is described in both directions – east to west and west to east – in 12 stages of between 6 and 19km (4–12 miles), with both footpath and bridleway options for the most easterly stage.

  • Contains step-by-step description of the route alongside 1:50,000 OS maps
  • Includes a separate map booklet containing OS 1:25,000 mapping with the route line
  • Handy trek planner, route summary table and selected accommodation listings help you plan your itinerary
  • Refreshment and accommodation information given for each route stage
  • GPX files available to download

Table of Contents
Kev Reynolds Cicerone author REYNOL

By Kev Reynolds

Kev Reynolds was a freelance writer, photojournalist and lecturer. A prolific compiler of guidebooks, his first title for Cicerone Press (Walks & Climbs in the Pyrenees) appeared in 1978; he later produced many more titles for the same publisher. A member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild, the Alpine Club and Austrian Alpine Club, his passion for mountains and the countryside inspired a lifetime's activity, and he regularly travelled throughout Britain to share that enthusiasm through his lectures. Sadly, Kev passed away in 2021. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him and by many more he inspired through his writing and talks.

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