The South Downs Way
Winchester to Eastbourne, described in both directions
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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)
- Must See
- Beachy Head, Long Man of Wilmington, Ditchling Beacon, Clayton Windmills, Butser Hill, Winchester
The South Downs Way National Trail is a 100-mile (160km) walk between Eastbourne and Winchester, staying within the glorious South Downs National Park for its entire length. Described in 12 stages of up to 12 miles (19km), the route is described in both east-west and west-east directions. The South Downs Way is a waymarked bridleway with very few stiles, and the trail can be walked at any time of year. The step-by-step route descriptions are illustrated with extracts from OS mapping for every stage and a separate conveniently sized booklet with 1:25,000 maps for the entire route is included. The guide also provides detailed practical information on getting to the trail, facilities and accommodation en route.
The South Downs Way
Walking holidays 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 C Recommended reading
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Kev Reynolds is 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 has since produced many more titles for the same publisher, with others in the pipeline. A member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild, the Alpine Club and Austrian Alpine Club, his passion for mountains and the countryside remains undiminished after a lifetime's activity, and he regularly travels throughout Britain to share that enthusiasm through his lectures.View Articles and Books by Kev Reynolds
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