The South Downs Way is 100 miles long, all within the new South Downs National Park. It follows the old routes and droveways along the chalk escarpment and ridges of the South Downs. Running along a chalk ridge means that the Way drains and dries out quickly, making it good year round. The path passes through a varied landscape of protected habitats with breathtaking views.
The South Downs route provides a wonderful trip for long distance mountain biking, horse riding and walking.
This path gives an opportunity "to get away from it all" without having to travel too far in this busy part of England. It also offers interesting day trips and short breaks when following the individual walks.
The South Downs Way is divided into 9 sections.
- Winchester City to Beacon Hill national Nature reserve - 11 miles
- Beacon Hill to Old Winchester Hill - 4.5 miles
- Old Winchester Hill to Buriton - 12 miles
- Buriton to Cocking Hill - 10 miles
- Cocking Hill to Amberley - 12 miles
- Amberley to the River Adur - 13 miles
- River Adur to River Ouse - 21 miles
- River Ouse to River Cuckmere & Alfriston - 7 miles
- Alfriston to Eastbourne via Seven Sisters -10.5 miles
- Alfriston to Eastbourne via Jevington - 8.5 miles