• Firle Beacon
  • Take a break
  • Crossing Beachy Head
  • Crossing Bignor Hill
  • River Cuckmere at Alfriston
  • Well-earned refreshments
  • High and Level

    The Annual South Downs Way Walk

    This is an organised nine day walk along the full 100 mile length of the South Downs Way, one of England's finest national trails. It will take place from 5th to 13th June 2020, the 41st year of this event. For the past 40 years it has been enjoyed every June by hundreds of people from all over the world. It is, by tradition, a supported rather than a guided walk, with everyone free to walk at their own pace each day. However, our team of experienced leaders walk the South Downs Way with you and you can rest assured that there will always be knowledgeable people nearby to help you with directions, first aid or just a friendly smile.


    With luxury coach transport provided to and from the South Downs Way each day, the annual supported walk is by far the simplest way of completing this inspiring and beautiful trail.The direction of the South Downs Annual Walk changes each year and in 2020 the walk will begin in Winchester and finish in Eastbourne.  Each day averages around 11 miles; This year's sectors are as follows:

                      Winchester - Exton - Q.E. Park - Cocking - Whiteways - Washington                                                              Devil's Dyke - Newmarket - Alfriston - Eastbourne. 

    The National Trail

    The South Downs Way is one of 16 national trails in England and Wales. It was the first bridleway national trail in England and is the only one to lie entirely within a national park, running right through the heart of the South Downs National Park.

    A Beautiful Walk

    One hundred miles of chalk downland walking separate the Cathedral city of Winchester, the ancient Saxon Capital of Wessex and England, from the Victorian seaside resort of Eastbourne. Stretching over a rare, large Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the South Downs Way follows ancient tracks along the chalk escarpment and ridges of the South Downs from Winchester to the white chalky cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head. The trail never rises above 900 feet (250m) and yet affords stunning views of over 30 miles in every direction - giving that feeling of being 'on top of the world'. On a clear day from Devils Dyke it is claimed you can see seven counties of England.

    The Annual Walk organisers, Footprints of Sussex, have a great deal of experience in organising guided and self-guided walking holidays on the South Downs.  They have been leading walks and offering holidays along the South Downs Way for over 30 years and have been organising and leading the South Downs Way Walk, in co-operation with the County Council, for the past 20 years.