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The South Downs Way

Background

The South Downs Way is a 100-mile National Trail that follows the crest of the South Downs ridge from Wunchester to Eastbourne. Pedominately runningthrough chalk scenery, there are many superb views as the trail slowly approaches the sea at the spectacular Seven Sisters near Eastbourne.

It is a bridleway for nearly it's entire length (the exception being at the eastern end, where the footpath and bridleway diverge), and for this reason there are not too many steep climbs to be had.

 

P20067153746	The cliffs of the Seven Sisters.
     
P20061290237	Heading east from Linch Ball.
P20067153746 The cliffs of the Seven Sisters.
     
P20061290237 Heading east from Linch Ball.
The map.


The walk in full:

No.From To Distance Status
1 City Mill (Winchester) Wether Down 19.3 Completed
2 Wether Down A286 road (Cocking) 17.3 Completed
3 A286 road (Cocking) B2139 road in Amberley 12.1 Completed
4 B2139 road in Amberley Jack and Jill Windmills 21.3 Completed
5 Jack and Jill Windmills Beddingham Hill 16.3 Completed
6 Beddingham Hill Holywell (Eastbourne) 16.5 Completed


Further information

The walk is also covered in detail in the South Downs Way National Trail Guide, by Paul Millmore, ISBN 1 85410 966 9 published by Aurum Press Ltd.

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More South Downs Way photos

 

P20061280007	The River Itchen from Segrim's Mill.
     
P20061280024	The view back down King's Lane.
P20061280007 The River Itchen from Segrim's Mill.
     
P20061280024 The view back down King's Lane.

 

P20061280033	Heading east towards Lomer Farm.
     
P20061280041	Looking down towards Exton.
P20061280033 Heading east towards Lomer Farm.
     
P20061280041 Looking down towards Exton.

 

P20061280059	The footbridge over the River Meon at Exton.
     
P20061280072	The view from the flanks of Old Winchester Hill.
P20061280059 The footbridge over the River Meon at Exton.
     
P20061280072 The view from the flanks of Old Winchester Hill.

 

P20061290132	Looking north back up Butser Hill.
     
P20061290151	Looking north from near Sunwood Farm.
P20061290132 Looking north back up Butser Hill.
     
P20061290151 Looking north from near Sunwood Farm.

 

P20061290172	The view north from Harting Downs.
     
P20061290198	A glider above Beacon Hill.
P20061290172 The view north from Harting Downs.
     
P20061290198 A glider above Beacon Hill.

 

P20061290200	The trig pillar at the top of Beacon Hill.
     
P20061290219	Heading east towards Linch Ball.
P20061290200 The trig pillar at the top of Beacon Hill.
     
P20061290219 Heading east towards Linch Ball.

 

P20061290231	The view from Linch Ball trig pillar.
     
P20061300273	The view from Heyshott Down trig pillar.
P20061290231 The view from Linch Ball trig pillar.
     
P20061300273 The view from Heyshott Down trig pillar.

 

P20061300295	The South Downs Way near Tegleaze Farm.
     
P20061300304	The descent down towards Littleton Farm.
P20061300295 The South Downs Way near Tegleaze Farm.
     
P20061300304 The descent down towards Littleton Farm.

 

P20061300313	Climbing up onto Burton Down.
     
P20061300330	The descent off Bignor Hill.
P20061300313 Climbing up onto Burton Down.
     
P20061300330 The descent off Bignor Hill.

 

P20061300352	The view over the River Arun floodplain.
     
P20061300356	The River Arun.
P20061300352 The view over the River Arun floodplain.
     
P20061300356 The River Arun.

 

P20066043039	Looking north over Clayton.
     
P20066043041	The Jill windmill.
P20066043039 Looking north over Clayton.
     
P20066043041 The Jill windmill.

 

P20066043056	A dew pond on the way to Ditchling Beacon.
     
P20066043091	The path from Balmer Down to Bunkershill Plantation.
P20066043056 A dew pond on the way to Ditchling Beacon.
     
P20066043091 The path from Balmer Down to Bunkershill Plantation.

 

P20066043106	The path leading up to Newmarket Plantation.
     
P20066043125	Looking down towards Kingston near Lewes.
P20066043106 The path leading up to Newmarket Plantation.
     
P20066043125 Looking down towards Kingston near Lewes.

 

P20066043137	The path leading to Mill Hill.
     
P20066043152	The River Ouse.
P20066043137 The path leading to Mill Hill.
     
P20066043152 The River Ouse.

 

P20066043183	The trig pillar beside the Red Lion Pond.
     
P20066032831	The path climbing up onto Amberley Mount.
P20066043183 The trig pillar beside the Red Lion Pond.
     
P20066032831 The path climbing up onto Amberley Mount.

 

P20066032836	The path across Amberley Mount.
     
P20066032855	Heading east from Springhead Hill.
P20066032836 The path across Amberley Mount.
     
P20066032855 Heading east from Springhead Hill.

 

P20066032874	The path climbing up eastwards from Washington.
     
P20066032905	The trig pillar near Steyning.
P20066032874 The path climbing up eastwards from Washington.
     
P20066032905 The trig pillar near Steyning.

 

P20066032916	The path along the southern side of Steyning Bowl.
     
P20066032926	The River Adur.
P20066032916 The path along the southern side of Steyning Bowl.
     
P20066032926 The River Adur.

 

P20066032935	The path heading east up onto Beeding Hill.
     
P20066032960	The path heading east towards Devil's Dyke.
P20066032935 The path heading east up onto Beeding Hill.
     
P20066032960 The path heading east towards Devil's Dyke.

 

P20066032995	The path descending northeastwards towards the A23(T).
     
P20066033012	Jill windmill.
P20066032995 The path descending northeastwards towards the A23(T).
     
P20066033012 Jill windmill.

 

P20066033020	The Jack and Jill windmills.
     
P20067153656	Heading east towards Firle Beacon.
P20066033020 The Jack and Jill windmills.
     
P20067153656 Heading east towards Firle Beacon.

 

P20067153690	The Cuckmere River in Alfriston.
     
P20067153695	The view back towards Alfriston church.
P20067153690 The Cuckmere River in Alfriston.
     
P20067153695 The view back towards Alfriston church.

 

P20067153705	The path descending down towards Charleston Manor.
     
P20067153737	The cliffs of the Seven Sisters.
P20067153705 The path descending down towards Charleston Manor.
     
P20067153737 The cliffs of the Seven Sisters.

 

P20067153765	Beachy Head lighthouse.
     
P20067153780	The view over Eastbourne.
P20067153765 Beachy Head lighthouse.
     
P20067153780 The view over Eastbourne.

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