The South Downs Way is a long distance footpath and bridleway and is one of 15 national trails in England and Wales.

The trail runs for 160km (99 miles) from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne with about 4750m (13620ft) of ascent and descent.

People have been using the South Downs Way for 8000 years.

The undulating path begins in Winchester and moves past here at Cheesefoot Head, the towns of Petersfield and Arundel, the town of Steyning, Devil’s Dyke viewpoint near Brighton, followed by Ditchling Beacon and miles of chalk downland across to Beachy Head, and finally ending in Eastbourne.

This route passes near Findon Manor Hotel where transport can be organised to and from the hotel

Much of the South Downs Way is on the high chalk downland with far reaching views. Perhaps the most dramatic views are on the high chalk cliffs on the Seven Sisters, Sussex towards the famous Beachy Head.

However there are also superb views in clear weather from the ridgeway section on the top of the Downs especially on Ditchling Beacon.

The way lies within the South Down National Park which is England’s newest National Park having become fully operational on 1st April 2011 and covers 628 square miles or 1627 square kilo metres.

For a more detailed breakdown of the walk with distances please go to  and /Southdowns/