The 44th Annual South Downs Way Walk: : 14th - 22nd June 2024


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 - both attractive places to stay - click on the names for suggestions. 

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.


Best friends have always been welcome on the Annual Walk but we are limited on how many we can take on each outbound coach  

These passes are always taken in the first few weeks and we regret they have now all been taken.



The cost for the full nine days of this event is £395 per person.
It includes escorted luxury coach transport to and from the trail each day, the celebratory seated buffet reception at Sussex University at the end of the walk, personal certificates, presentation of prizes for all the free competitions during the event and an experienced team walking the whole trail with you every day.  Plus one or two nice surprises along the way.....     

It is, by far, the most ecomical way of completing this long distance trail.              


The cost includes a non-refundable Booking Fee of £7.50 and a Registration Fee of £387.50.
Any cancellations prior to 18th March 2024 will be entitled to a full refund of the Registration Fee, less a charge of £35. Cancellations between 18th March and 18th May 2024 will be entitled to a 50% refund of the Registration Fee less a charge of £35. Thereafter we regret no refunds are possible. The full terms and conditions can be seen by clicking here. Remember this is an 'event' not a package holiday.


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. We will also show the video made by ITV of our Winchester to Eastbourne walk a few years ago. Please do come along if you can.