Circular and Linear Walks On The South Downs Way

Ditchling Beacon South Downs Way
  1. Bignor Hill

This is a fairly easy 2-3 hour walk starting and finishing at Whiteways Cafe near Arundel and about 8-9km in length. The paths through the forest are wide and fairly accessible, the route ascends up to Bignor Hill and at the top is a free car park and information board and a good place to stop and have some lunch.

 

2. Amberley and Arundel

Only a short amount of the walk passes on the South Downs Way, but this walk is a fairly intermediate route that includes a short stretch of South Downs Way in Amberley and takes in some wonderful river scenery and a good pub at Arundel, the Black Rabbit. You also pass the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust in Arundel and Swanbourne lake, where you can go rowing and also get ice cream.

 

3. Birling Gap

If you are looking for a walk with spectacular cliffs, sea air and views then the walk from Birling Gap, past Beachy Head and over to the viewpoint looking down at Eastbourne is a perfect choice. This is a nice easy walk, with a few steep inclines and declines, but suitable for all skill levels. It’s about an hour and a half walk to the viewpoint overlooking Eastbourne and then you can turn around and walk back to the car, which you can park at Birling Gap. There is also a National Trust cafe here should you need refreshments. Parking is a little hectic here and make sure you only park where you are allowed.

 

4. Harting Down

Harting Down boasts some of the best views from the South Downs Way. This route is a fairly easy and short route of about 4 miles and starts and ends at the car park at Harting Down.

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