GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

The South Downs Way

99 miles (160 km)

This beautiful 100 mile long trail runs from Winchester to the coastal town of Eastbourne. It takes you through some of the most beautiful areas of the South Downs National Park - England's newest National Park.
The views are stunning as you follow the undulating route through the East Hampshire and Sussex Downs. The trail is open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

The South Downs Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

The South Downs Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Near the Devil's Dyke there's a couple of pretty villages with nice pubs to stop off at. Head a short distance west from the hill and you can visit The Shepherd & Dog in the little village of Fulking. The charming pub traces it’s history back to the 14th Century and has a very good menu. There's an outdoor area where you can enjoy fabulous views of the South Downs. It's a great place to relax and enjoy refreshments on a warm summer day. You can find the pub about half a mile north west of the viewpoint at a postcode of BN5 9LU for your sat navs.
In Poynings, just to the north, there's another fine option in the shape of the Royal Oak. There's a beautiful garden area here too, with a newly refurbished Barbecue Area to enjoy in the summer. You can find it in the village at a postcode of BN45 7AQ.
Bob's Cafe is also in Poynings and a real treat. There's a splendid outdoor area right next to a large field so there are open and expansive views to enjoy here. The friendly cafe has an interesting history and includes a table tennis table, and a long rail to hitch your bicycle (or dog) to. Dogs are allowed in the adjacent room too. You can find it at a postcode of BN45 7AL.
The Saltmarsh Cafe & Rooms is located at Exceat in the Seven Sisters Country Park. The delightful cafe is set in a 16th Century farmhouse and includes a pretty courtyard where you can relax on warmer days.  The rustic café, kitchen and bar serves a delicious menu with a focus on fresh Sussex produce. Dishes make good use of foraged and seasonal ingredients for a rich and distinctive flavour. Saltmarsh also does high quality accommodation if you'd like to stay in the area. You can find the cafe near the start of the walk in Exceat, on the East Dean Road at postcode BN25 4AD.

Photos

South Downs Way start Eastbourne

South Downs Way start Eastbourne

Chantry Hill South Downs Way

Chantry Hill South Downs Way

Route Highlights

Winchester

The county town of Hampshire, with its beautiful cathedral, marks the start of the trail.

Beacon Hill

Part of the hill is a National Nature Reserve giving a commanding view over the Hampshire Basin to the south, from the lower Itchen Valley and New Forest, the Solent and Isle of Wight and round to Portsdown Hill (over which the top of Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower can be seen).

Old Winchester Hill

Chalk hill surmounted by an Iron Age hill fort and a Bronze Age cemetery. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve. Part of the South Downs National Park

Butser Hill

Chalk hill and one of the highest points in Hampshire and also the highest point in the South Downs National Park

Queen Elizabeth Country Park

This country park contains 1400 acres (6 km²) of open access woodland and downland within the East Hampshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Amberley Wild Brooks

This wetland area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest which floods in winter and is known for its wildfowl. It is situated next to the River Arun while the pretty village of Amberley lies just to the north. Also nearby is the splendid Parham House with its deer park and gardens.

Devils Dyke

Devil's Dyke V-shaped dry valley is the result of solifluction and river erosion.

Ditchling Beacon

Third-highest point on the South Downs giving fantastic views of the Downs.

Exton

You will pass right through the pretty village of Exton on the River Meon (right).

Alfriston

This historic village with its lovely church and water meadows has plenty of pubs and cafes for refreshments. It is situated conveniently right on the trail.

Long Man of Wilmington

The Long Man of Wilmington is a hill figure located in Wilmington, East Sussex, on the steep slopes of Windover Hill. The figure dates from the sixteenth or seventeenth century.

Eastbourne

The popular seaside town marks the end of the trail

GPS Files

GPX File

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