South Downs Way Car Parks

If you are visiting the South Downs Way by car, then it’s important to know where you can park. Below are some South Downs Way car parks we recommend, although few and far between, it can be helpful if you live in the area to get someone to drop you off and pick you up at the end of each route so that you don’t need to travel back to the car park.

Please note you may need permission for a permit if you are parking with a horse box, contact the SDNPA for more information.

Car parks on the South Downs Way tend to get busy quickly, particularly Harting Down car park which, when visited on a Saturday, can be completely full at 11 am! Please make sure you do not leave valuables in the car, as some car parks have seen thefts in the past.

Should you decide to walk a section of the Way and park in one of the South Downs Way car parks listed below, you may wish to look into public transport options such as trains, buses or taxis to return to your car.

Car Parks

To begin the route, if starting from Winchester, you will find many car parks in the city centre itself. Other car parks along the South Downs Way include:

Cheesefoot Head car park, Winchester, SO21 1HW   

Beacon Hill Beeches car park, small. Suitable for horse boxes. Postcode: SO32 3LG     

Old Winchester Hill car park, SO32 3LF

Butser Hill car park, GU31 5SP   

Queen Elizabeth Country Park car park, PO8 0QE 

Harting Down car park, GU31 5PN 

Cocking car park, GU29 0HT 

Bignor Hill car park, RH20 1PR 

Whiteways, Arundel   

Kithurst Hill car park, BN18 9LZ 

Chantry Post car park, Storrington. Nearest Postcode: RH20 4AB 

Chanctonbury Ring car park, RH20 4AZ 

High Trees, Shoreham, BN44 3   

Beeding Hill. Nearest Postcode: BN44 3TF   

Devil’s Dyke car park, Devil’s Dyke, Nr Brighton, West Sussex (no postcode) 

Jack and Jill car park, BN6 9PG 

Ditchling Beacon car park, BN1 8ZB 

Housedean Farm, lay-by, BN7 3JW 

Itford Farm, lay-by   

Firle Beacon   

Bopeep car park, BN26 6UJ 

Long Man of Wilmington car park, large horseboxes may find it difficult 

Beachy Head Countryside Centre, BN20 7YA

Crowlink car park, BN20 0AY

Birling Gap car park, BN20 0AB 

Seven Sisters Country Park, BN25 4AB 

Eastbourne, many in town centre