Nearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Nearest Mainline Train Station:
London Waterloo, Southampton
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This long-distance walking route follows the 100-mile South Downs Way through some of England’s finest countryside from Eastbourne to Winchester. There are almost too many highlights to pick from when walking the South Downs way – from the iconic white chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters to the beautiful wildlife, villages, rolling downs and country pubs you’ll pass along the way.
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You can also stroll around the streets of Winchester – England’s first capital – at the start or finish of your walk.
The route is fully accessible throughout its 100-mile length with no stiles to clamber over, making it a wonderful walk for all ages and abilities. The South Downs Way’s ancient trackways lead past Roman villas, iconic lighthouses, craft workshops, farmers’ markets, heathland ridges and National Nature Reserves – providing a wonderful snapshot of everything that’s great about the countryside of southern England.
This is a long walk, though, that requires several overnight stays so make sure you plan your walk well in advance and are fully prepared with the correct kit and good levels of fitness.
This route was voted 13th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: One of the finest multi-day walks you’ll find anywhere in Britain, mixing rolling green countryside with magical coastal scenery – and much, much more.