South Downs Way

The South Downs Way is a long distance footpath and bridleway running along the South Downs in southern England. It is one of 16 National Trails in England and Wales. The trail runs for 160 km from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex, with an about 4,150 m of ascent and descent.


Route map for South Downs Way by Walking Rambler on


9 Day Walking – South Downs Way

South Downs Way into 9 walking stages with the most miles you walk on stage being 14 miles and the lowest miles being 6 miles. This should be a manageable walk for most ages.

Stage Start Point End Point Distance (miles) Ascent / Descend (feet)
Stage 1 Winchester Exton 12.31155 ft
Stage 2 Exton Buriton 12.5
Stage 3 Buriton Cocking 11.1
Stage 4 Cocking Amberley 12.1
Stage 5 Amberley Upper Breeding 13.7
Stage 6 Upper Breeding Pyecombe 6.6
Stage 7 Pyecombe Kingston 11.1
Stage 8 Kingston Alfinston 11.6
Stage 9 Alfinston Eastbourne 10.9

Accommodation 8 Day Walking – South Downs Way

For walkers looking for accommodation after each stage and medium walking distances I have broken South Downs Way into 8 days worth of walking. Maximum amount of walking 16.5 miles and minimum amount of walking 10.7. I have also listed accommodation that is available at the end of walking stage.

Stage Start Point End Point Distance (miles) Ascent / Descend (feet) Accommodation
Stage 1 Winchester Wanford 12.31155 ftGeorge and Falcon, Wanford
Stage 2 Wanford Buriton 14.1The Five Bells
Stage 3 Buriton Cocking 12.5The Blue Bells
Stage 4 Cocking Amberley 13.1Black Horse
Stage 5 Amberley Bramber13.4Old Tollgate Hotel
Stage 6 Bramber Housedean 16.5The Hovel at Housedean
Stage 7 Housedean Alfrinston14Wingrove House
Stage 8 Alfinston Eastbourne 10.7

Public Transport 4 Day Walking – South Downs Way

If you are advanced walker and can handle 20 to 30 miles a day see the below stages that have been mapped out. This stages start and stop at train station making it easier to complete the South Downs Way if you are not able to completed within consecutive days.

StageStart PointEnd PointDistanceAscent / Descend (feet)
Stage 1Winchester Train StationPetersfield Train Station 27.62709 ft / 2614 ft
Stage 2Petersfield Train Station Amberley Train Station 26.13011 ft / 3195 ft
Stage 3Amberley Train Station Falmer Train Station 29.73538 ft / 3415 ft
Stage 4Falmer Train Station Eastbourne Train Station 263421 ft / 3441 ft

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