A Remarkable Trail
100 miles of chalk downland walking separate the Cathedral city of Winchester – the ancient Saxon Capital of Wessex and England – and the Victorian seaside resort of Eastbourne.
Stretching over a rare, large area of outstanding natural beauty, The South Downs Way follows the old routes and droveways along the chalk escarpment and ridges of The South Downs from Winchester to to the white chalky cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.
The South Downs Way affords exceptional views of the Isle of Wight and the Solent, the high heathlands of the Western Weald and Blackdown, the heavily wooded Weald of Sussex, and the receding ridges of the Chalk Downs themselves as well as the distant ridge of the North Downs.
For nature lovers, The South Downs Way passes through an extraordinary range of diverse habitats including ancient woodlands, river valleys, chalk grassland, mixed farm land and coastal habitats.
22 Years Experience
The South Downs Way Walk organisers – Footprints of Sussex – have a vast amount of experience of organising guided and self-guided walking holidays on The South Downs Way.
We have been leading walks and offering holidays along the The South Downs Way for over 21 years and have been organising and leading the annual South Downs Way Walk, on behalf of West Sussex County Council, for the past 14 years.
That’s how we and our team know the South Downs and the national park so well.