The 43nd Annual South Downs Way Walk: : 9th - 17th June 2023

WHERE DO WE STAY

There is no accommodation provided along the South Downs Way during this event; with nearly 150 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 is not too long to wait for a coach home.

DOGS

Best friends are welcome on the Annual Walk but we limit how many on each outbound coach. If you want to bring your best friend please book as soon as possible. 

 

COST

The cost for the full nine days in 2023 will be decided at the end of November when transport and other 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.                                                          

  

CANCELLATIONS

Refunds will be offered less a fee of £35 for all cancellations received before 13th May 2023. Thereafter no refunds are possible. You can see  the full terms and conditions by clicking here. Please arrange basic insurance cover for unexpected cancellations - or check what your credit card offers.

FITNESS

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.  

BRIEFING

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. Please do come along if you can.