South Downs National Park Route: 8 days

  • Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Winchester / Eastbourne
  • Distance 161 km / 100 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
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  • Availability
    April - October
  • Price From $985

Overview

The diversity of landscapes will be a main feature of this walking trail. Explore chalk hills, some of the world's oldest yew forests and slopes that are the habitat for protected plants such as moss.

In Winchester, where you'll start this adventure, you'll enjoy the best of the city and the countryside. You'll find everything from high-end architecture and great restaurants to country trails.

You'll explore the majestic English fields and landmarks such as the Buster Hill Geological Conservation Area, Graffham Down and the Chanctonbury Ring.

The last stretch of walk will be through Meads Village, where you can enjoy the Victorian architecture of its streets and the colourful homes built in the centre of the village.

  • Get to know East Meon and its parish with Bronze Age burial mounds.
  • Queen Elizabeth Country Park and its 2,000 acres of forests make up part of your route.
  • Enjoy a beer at Pyecombe's most famous pub, a village that follows grazing history in the lowlands.
  • Walk along the banks of the River Cuckmere.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation
    • Breakfasts
    • Baggage transfer service between stages
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Taxes included

    Excluded

    • Unspecified meals
    • Snacks and drinks
    • Travel insurance
    • Tourist taxes

    Extras

    • Travel assistance insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
    • Improved hotel room upgrades (if available)

    Accomodation

    General information

    The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

    Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

    The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

    We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

    The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

    Room types

    It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

    All rooms have private bathrooms.

    Map

    Travel & Transfers

    To start your walking holiday, we recommend that you get to Southampton or Gatwick airports.

    If you start your journey from London, you can take a train at London Waterloo Station, or a bus from London Victoria Coach Station, to get to Winchester.

    The route ends in Eastbourne, so the closest airport to this town is London Gatwick, where you will find connections for inside and outside the UK. You can travel to central London by train or bus.

    FAQs

    The best time to take this walking holiday is between March and October.

    There can be high temperatures on the south coast in the summer, and be very busy during school holidays. If you travel in the spring season, you can enjoy beautiful flower-filled fields.

    We recommend that you book as soon as you are sure about your dates, as accommodation can fill up very quickly in this area.

    Make the most of this walking holiday by doing cardio and walking on a regular basis before your trip.

    The paths on this route are quiet, with ascents and descents in some sections.

    Once you make your reservation we will send you all the detailed information about the specific equipment you need for this route, considering recommendations for shoes, boots, clothes and a day-to day backpack.

    Yes, it's included. We will transfer the luggage between each accommodation according to your itinerary. Each person can take a suitcase up to 20 kg (45 lbs).

    You can call us to arrange a private transfer for you.

    If you prefer, you can also use public transport or local taxis to get to your next accommodation.