The 41st Annual South Downs Way Walk: 4th - 12th JUNE 2021

WHERE DO WE STAY

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 - SHOREHAM,  WORTHING,  ARUNDEL  &  CHICHESTER  - 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.

Because of the current Covid restrictions we are asking as many people as possible to pair with another person who they are happy to sit next to on the coach each day. Single seats will be very limited.

DOGS

Best friends are welcome on the Annual Walk but we are limited to just 3 dogs on each outbound coach and the all passes have now been taken. It is possible we may add an extra coach in which case more passes will become available. Please check back nearer Christmas.

 

COST

The cost for the full nine days in 2021 will be £295. This comprises a non-refundable administration charge of £30 and a registration fee of £265 which 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

There are the usual cancellation clauses which are 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. If the event is cancelled because of Covid 19 all registration fees will be refunded promptly, in full.

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. There will 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 with your booking confirmation.