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Case Study - South Downs Way, England

Promoting the South Downs as a global destination for walkers.

Experience some of our finest countryside between Winchester, the first capital of England, and the white chalk cliffs at Eastbourne.

It is one of 16 National Trails in England and Wales.

South Downs Way Full Trail Map

The trail runs for 160 km from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex, with about 4,150 m of ascent and descent.

If you're looking for attractive wildlife, visible prehistory, fine pubs and pretty villages, or if you just fancy a challenge, the 100 miles of the South Downs Way awaits you.

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Viewpoints on the South Downs Way.

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About National Trails

Each Trail in England and Wales has a Trail Partnership made up of the local authorities responsible for the path on the ground.

Each trail has a dedicated National Trail Officer or Manager with responsibility for keeping the Trail up to the high standards set for National Trails. Maintenance work is carried out by the local highway authorities together with landowners often with the help of volunteers.

Learn more: National Trails website