Walking the South Downs Way
Dust off those walking boots and set foot on the South Downs Way. Whether you are an experienced walker wanting to complete the trail in a short space of time or prefer a more leisurely walking pace, there are hundreds of different routes available.
We have a collection of suggested itineraries available for walking the South Downs Way, all of which can be altered to suit your fitness level and requirements. To make it easier to plan your route and keep everyone happy, each section suggests some places where you can find delicious food and rest your tired legs either during or after walking the South Downs Way!
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.