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National Trail AcornSouth Downs Way National Trail

E Sussex, Hampshire, W Sussex

161 km / 100 miles
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)


Details:

Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Path Type: National Trails (England & Wales)
Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Attributes: National Trail (England and Wales)
Challenging
Horse Ride (Multi User)
Downland/Wolds
Start: TV600972 - Eastbourne (Holywell), E Sussex View on StreetMap
Finish: SU483293 - Winchester, Hampshire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 1972
Web Sites: South Downs Way National Trails - South Downs Way South Downs Way Annual Walk Rambling Man - Planning your South Downs Way Walk Jason McDonald's Walking Pages - South Downs Way Southern Walks - South Downs Way Southern Walks - Chalk Country : South Downs Way - Winchester to Eastbourne British Walks - South Downs Way Annierak - South Downs Way Sustrans - South Downs Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback South Downs Way : Winchester to Eastbourne  (Trailblazer Publications  - 2018 )
Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Long Distance Walkers Association  - 2009 )
Guidebook South Downs Way: Winchester to Eastbourne, Described in Both Directions (Guidebook & Map Booklet) (British Long Distance)  (Cicerone Press  - 2017 4th Edition )
Paperback South Downs Way : National Trail Guide  (Aurum Press (an imprint of Quarto)  - 2013 )
Guidebook South Downs Way  (Rucksack Readers  - 2011 )
General Interest Book Walking distance: extraordinary hikes for ordinary people  (Oregon State University Press  - 2012 )
Paperback Companion on the South Downs Way  (Per-Rambulations  - 2006 )
General Interest Book The South Downs Way  (Frances Lincoln (an imprint of Quarto)  - 2008 )
Guidebook Walkers' Britain  (AA Publishing  - 2011 )
General Interest Book Big walks of Great Britain  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2007 )
Paperback Big Walks of the South  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2010 )
Badge Badge for National Trails  (Walk Unlimited )
Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Walk Unlimited )
Other South Downs Way video guide  (TV walks )
External PDF Walks on the South Downs Way by Bus and Train  (South Downs National Park Authority  - 2017 ) Download
Guidebook National trails : complete guide to Britain's National Trails  (Cicerone Press  - 2015 )
Badge & Certificate Badge & Certificate for South Downs Way  (John Merrill Foundation )

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Maps:

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 185, 197, 198, 199
OS Landranger Active 185, 197, 198, 199
Other Paper Maps:
Harvey Map (Stripmap)
South Downs Way (Harvey Maps - 2016)
A-Z Adventure Atlas
South Downs Way Adventure Atlas (Geographers' A-Z Map Company - 2017 3rd edition)
ZigZag 16 Stripmap
South Downs Way 1: Winchester to Buriton (Yellow Publications - April 2016)
ZigZag 16 Stripmap
South Downs Way 2: Buriton to Amberley (Yellow Publications - April 2016)
ZigZag 16 Stripmap
South Downs Way 3: Amberley to Ditchling Beacon (Yellow Publications - May 2016)
ZigZag 20 Stripmap
South Downs Way 4: Ditchling Beacon to Eastbourne (Yellow Publications - May 2016)

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Digital Maps:
Downloadable Digital Mapping
South Downs Way National Trail (Anquet Technology Ltd)
Digital Mapping (25k Scale)

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Downloads:

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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

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