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South Downs Way: 100 miles of glorious chalk downland for the walker, cyclist and horse rider

South Downs Way: 100 miles of glorious chalk downland for the walker, cyclist and horse rider

by Paul Millmore


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The official guide to this superb National Trail, published in conjunction with Walk Unlimited.

Whether you're an experienced long-distance walker or a weekend stroller, this is the only companion you need. The South Downs Way runs for 100 miles (160 km) over the chalk downland of Sussex and Hampshire, from Eastbourne to Winchester.

This route is rich with beautiful views across the rolling hills, including the stunning Seven Sisters, to the majestic South Downs, and the countryside surrounding them, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty since 1966 and a national park since 2010.

One of only two National Trails that can be used not only by walkers but also by cyclists and horse-riders for its entire length, this is the complete official guide to walking, cycling or riding the well-loved and popular trail.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780711274839
Publisher: Lincoln, Frances Limited
Publication date: 05/03/2022
Series: National Trail Guides Series
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Paul Millmore was a conservationsit and For more than 30 years he was involved with the conservation of the special landscape of the South Downs, and successfully campaigned, with many others, for the whole area to be made a National Park.

Table of Contents

How to use this guide 6

Key maps 7

Distance checklist 11

Part 1 Introduction 14

Pleasures along the South Downs Way

Downland wildlife


History of the Downs

Practical advice



Part 2 South Downs Way 30

1 Eastbourne to Alfriston: footpath section 32

2 Eastbourne to Alfriston: bridleway section 46

3 Alfriston to the A27 Crossing 54

4 A27 Crossing to Pyecombe 68

5 Pyecombe to Upper Beeding 76

6 Upper Beeding to Washington 86

7 Washington to Amberley 96

8 Amberley to Cocking 104

9 Cocking to Buriton 116

10 Buriton to Exton 124

11 Exton to Winchester 136

Part 3 Useful Information 145


Accommodation and Tourist Information Centres


Walking and cycling holidays



Horsebox parking


Local facilities

Local organisations

Other useful addresses

Guided walks


Ordnance Survey Maps

Circular walks appear on pages 42, 64 and 114

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