The 41st Annual South Downs Way Walk: : 10th - 18th September 2021


There is no accommodation provided along the South Downs Way during this event; with nearly 200 people taking part that simply would not be possible. Most local people will return home at the end of each day to family or friends. Those coming from further afield will find accommodation for the full nine days near one of the pick-up points - usually Chichester or Arundel. For some suggestions click here.

Luxury coaches are provided to pick up from selected points along the South Coast each morning - WORTHING,  ARUNDEL, CHICHESTER & SHOREHAM - and take everyone to and from the next section of the trail each day. The coaches leave at different times each morning usually between 8am and 9:30am. In the afternoon the coaches will depart at roughly 45 minute intervals to return to all the pick-up points; so there should not be too long to wait for a coach home.


Best friends are welcome on the Annual Walk but we are limited to just 3 dogs on each outbound coach and some of the passes have now been taken. If you want to bring your best friend you need to book as soon as possible.



The cost for the full nine days in 2022 will be decided in late November all the various costs are known. It will include coach transport to and from the trail each day, the celebratory buffet reception at the end of the walk, personal certificates, an experienced team walking the whole trail with you ... and one or two surprises along the way.     



There are the usual cancellation clauses which will be detailed in the terms and conditions. Please make a note of the significant dates and arrange basic insurance cover - or check with your credit card company.  


The South Downs Way is classified as an 'easy' National Trail. However you must be comfortable with maintaining an average walking speed of 2mph ( 3 kph ) and covering 11 or 12 miles (20km) on consecutive days.    Good footwear is vital - these chalk and flint paths are unforgiving of  ill-fitting boots and can cause difficulty with blisters.  


After booking, both newcomers and ‘old hands’ will be invited to attend a morning briefing meeting, with complimentary refreshments, a few weeks before the event. The team will be there to talk about how it all works and answer any questions you may have. There may also be an opportunity to meet some of the team on a Sunday morning guided walk along a section of the South Downs Way. Full details later in the year.