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National Trail AcornSouth Downs Way National Trail

161 km / 100 miles

E Sussex, Hants, W Sussex
This National Trail follows the northern escarpment of the chalk Downs from where there are extensive views across the Weald to the north and over the rounded hills and dry valleys to the sea in the south. There are several steep ascents when crossing the valleys of the Rivers Cuckmere at Alfriston, Ouse at Southease, Adur south of Bramber and Arun at Amberley. It visits Jevington and passes Iron Age hillforts and barrows.

Between Eastbourne and Alfristion there is a coastal alternative to the inland route, running along the scenic cliff tops to Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters (pictured) and turning inland at Cuckmere Haven along the Cuckmere Valley to rejoin the inland Way route at Alfriston. Here there is a connection to the 1066 Country Walk that leads in turn to the Saxon Shore Way - see E-Routes (E9).

The Jubilee Way (East Sussex) (12 miles circular route) used some of the South Downs Way at Eastbourne and that part of it not on the South Downs Way is waymarked with a crown symbol. A publication is no longer available for it.

The LDWA National Trails Register offers certificates for completers of several British National Trails.

See also E-Routes (E9)


Strider News - August 2015 (Publication Update)

New or forthcoming editions from Aurum Press, Cicerone and Trailblazers.


Details:

Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Path Type
National Trails (England & Wales)
Waymark
National Trail Acorn
Attributes
Horse Ride (Multi User); Downland/Wolds
Start
TV600972 - Eastbourne (Holywell), E Sussex
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Finish
SU483293 - Winchester, Hants
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Open Date
1972

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Certificate
Certificate for National Trails (Long Distance Walkers Association - 2009)
Paperback
Paperback
South Downs Way: Winchester to Eastbourne (Trailblazer Publications - 2012)
Guidebook + Map Flap
South Downs Way (Rucksack Readers - 2011)
Illustrated Map
Map of the South Downs Way (Arty2 Ltd - 2010)
Paperback
Book
Companion on the South Downs Way (Per-Rambulations - 2006)
Hardback
South Downs Way (Frances Lincoln - 2008)
Booklet
Accommodation Guide to the South Downs Way (South Downs Way National Trail Officer)
Booklet
South Downs Way: Public Transport Guide (South Downs Way National Trail Officer)
Leaflet
South Downs Way (South Downs Way National Trail Officer)
DVD
South Downs Way: DVD (TV walks.com - 2007)
Hardback
Walkers Britain (AA Publishing - 2011)
Paperback
Big Walks Of Great Britain (Summersdale Publications - 2007)
Paperback
Big Walks of the South (Summersdale Publications - 2010)
Illustrated Map

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
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Other Paper Maps:
Harvey Map (Stripmap)
South Downs Way (Harvey Maps - 2010)
Harvey Map (Stripmap)
Digital Maps:
Downloadable Digital Mapping
South Downs Way National Trail (Anquet Maps - 2009)
Digital Mapping (25k Scale)
Digital Mapping (25k Scale)
South Downs Way 1:25k & 1:50k (Satmap - Jan 09)

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Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (Walk & Cycle Britain Limited)

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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

 
 
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Tovey Lodge B&B  (bookable online)
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Rubens Barn  (bookable online)
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Long Meadow  (bookable online)
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Oakhurst Cottage  (bookable online)
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Copper Beeches  (bookable online)
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Winchester Holiday Lets  (bookable online)
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Route Profile:

161.4 Km (100.3 miles)
3,852 m (12,638 ft) ascent
245 m (804 ft)  maximum height