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South Downs - Walking and Cycling Holidays in the United Kingdom South Downs - Walking and Cycling Holidays in the United Kingdom South Downs - Walking and Cycling Holidays in the United Kingdom

South Downs Way Walking Holidays

Exactly 100 miles of chalk downland walking separates the Victorian seaside town of Eastbourne and the ancient Saxon Capital of Wessex and England – Winchester, forming the South Downs Way. Stretching over a rare large area of outstanding natural beauty in crowded Southern Britain, the walk generally follows the chalk (soft limestone) ridge just to the north of the popular seaside towns on the Sussex and Hampshire coast. Most of the route is ancient, made up out of the old droving roads that took animals and goods between the market towns of the region. On the way ‘Dew Ponds’, ring forts, cross dykes and tumuli reflect a history stretching back into the mists of time.

The original ‘Way’ extended the 80 miles or so between Eastbourne and Buriton near Petersfield, but was extended in the late 1980s to Winchester making it exactly 100 miles. Sherpa Expeditions offers two walking holidays along the South Downs Way, the 67 mile (8 day) route to Cocking, or the extended 100 mile route (10 day) to Winchester. 

 

Our Walking Holidays on the South Downs Way