Running the South Downs Way
The South Downs Way presents a diverse range of running routes to suit various preferences and fitness levels. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a casual jogger, you’ll find a path that matches your stride. The well-maintained trails, gentle ascents, and descents make it an ideal playground for runners of all abilities.
As you embark on your running adventure, prepare to be captivated by the enchanting vistas that unfold before you. The undulating hills, expansive meadows, and rolling farmlands provide a breathtaking backdrop as you effortlessly traverse the South Downs Way. Feel the wind on your face and soak in the panoramic views that stretch across the horizon, offering glimpses of the serene coastline, charming villages, and lush green countryside.
Route Sections (8 days)
Winchester to Exton
The route from Winchester to Exton includes scenic views from the top of Cheesefoot Head. You also pass through the pretty village of Chilcomb and the route ends in the village of Exton.
Exton to Buriton
Continuing from Exton when walking the South Downs Way, this route takes you up Old Winchester Hill, Salt Hill and finally Butser Hill - one of the highest points in Hampshire.
Buriton to Cocking
Probably one of the most scenic stretches - this route takes you from Buriton, up to Beacon Hill and down to Cocking with some spectacular views from Harting Down.
Cocking to Amberley
This stretch of the trail passes through the Slindon estate and up Bignor Hill. The route finishes in the pretty village of Amberley along the River Arun.
Amberley to Upper Beeding
Walk from Amberley through Washington and along to Chanctonbury Hill. Here you descend into Bramber and Upper Beeding.
Upper Beeding to Kingston
This stretch covers Devils Dyke with it's spectacular views and you walk right past the Jack and Jill windmills.
Kingston to Alfriston
If you choose to walk the South Downs Way from Kingston, the route passes through many fields for quite some way before descending into Alfriston.
Alfriston to Eastbourne
When walking the last leg of the South Downs Way you will witness some incredible views of the chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head lighthouse. You finish the South Downs Way in Eastbourne!