• Half Way House
  • Tegleaze
  • You're very welcome
  • River Cuckmere at Alfriston
  • Yellow Hammer giving directions
  • Belle Tout Lighthouse
  • Firle Beacon on The Downs
  • Crossing Beachy Head

    EVENT CANCELLED with decining interest in recent years, the Annual Walk has now become unviable.

    This is an annual, nine day walk along the full 100 mile length of the South Downs Way, one of England's most popular national trails, and this year the walk will take place from Friday 14th to Saturday 22nd June 2024, walking from Winchester to Eastbourne.

    It is not a guided walk, meaning that everyone is free to walk at their own pace each day whilst knowing there will always be experienced team members walking nearby.

    The event has been running for over 40 years and has been enjoyed by hundreds of people from all over the world. For the last 22 years it’s been run by Keith & Sally with the help of an amazing team of walkers – known as the ‘red shirts’. This year Keith’s daughter Jo will head the team and take over the running of the event.




    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 normally changes each year and in 2024 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 - QE Park - Cocking - Whiteways - Washington - Devil's Dyke - Newmarket - Alfriston -Eastbourne   For more information please read the 'how does it work' page in this website.                                                        

    The National Trail

    This is one of 16 national trails in England and Wales and part of your Registration Fee goes towards supporting the South Downs Way. It was the first bridleway national trail in England (so there are no stiles) and is the only one to lie entirely within a national park, running right through the heart of the South Downs National Park. It is a truly beautiful walk, especially in June when the Spring flowers are at their best.

    The chalk ridge

    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.