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South Downs Discovery
South Downs Discovery is the place to come for good quality, up-to-date information on the South Downs National Park and surrounding area. We also provide a reliable and great value baggage transfer service along the entire length of the South Downs Way, so you can enjoy walking or cycling this beautiful route without being weighed down by a heavy pack!
Based in the heart of West Sussex, just north of the South Downs National Park, we pride ourselves on our local, in-depth knowledge which weíve gained from first-hand experience of walking and cycling the South Downs Way and sampling the delights of the many local pubs, restaurants and accommodation options along the way.
Using our extensive local knowledge, we take the hassle out of planning your visit so you can concentrate on enjoying your trip to the South Downs to the fullest. Whether youíre walking or cycling the whole 100 miles of the South Downs Way or just visiting for the day, youíve come to the right place!
South Downs Way
The South Downs Way was Britainís first long distance bridleway. It stretches for 100 miles, from the historical splendour of Winchester to the coastal town of Eastbourne, just beyond the dazzling white cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head. Itís an ancient trail that follows droveways and old paths along the chalk escarpment of the South Downs, which divide the beautiful Hampshire and Sussex weald from the south coast of England. To find out more about the footpath please take a look at our South Downs Way guide.
For much of its length this wonderful National Trail follows the crest of the Downs, with views stretching north across the fields and woodland as far as the North Downs, some forty miles away. Looking out to sea, on a clear day you can see as far as the Isle of Wight. The route also drops down into a number of pretty downland villages and picturesque river valleys. There is an enormous variety of scenery along the way and the sense of space and quiet isolation is all the more enjoyable given its proximity to civilisation and easy access to public transport.
The South Downs way is well maintained, clearly marked and, best of all itís relatively easy, which makes it appealing to walkers and cyclists of all levels. Whether you want to challenge yourself or just take it easy, our Recommended Itineraries will help you plan the perfect trip!
South Downs National Park
The South Downs National Park became Englandís newest National Park in April 2011, being officially recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty and cultural heritage. It stretches from Hampshire through West and East Sussex, and is Englandís third biggest National Park, incorporating over 600 square miles of some of the most beautiful countryside England has to offer, all within easy reach of London. If you like the sound of stunning views, an abundance of wildlife, history and pretty villages with traditional pubs, then why not come and discover it for yourself? It is also the perfect place to go walking, cycling, horse riding and also provides options for adventure activities like kayaking, hand gliding and many more.
Walking & Cycling
For those of you looking to come for South Downs Way walking holidays or cycling holidays we've put together some walking itineraries and cycling itineraries to help you plan your trip. If you're coming soon then don't forget to keep updated with the weather forecast. Weíve also put together some short pub, nature and history walks if youíre looking for something a bit less challenging or donít have much time to spare.
Places to Eat, Drink & Stay
To help you plan your days out in the South Downs we've created a series of destination guides which, as well a brief introduction to the place, gives you information about how to get there with various transport links, as well as suggestions for pubs, restaurants and places to stay. We'll also be including some fantastic campsites, all set in the beautiful surroundings of the South Downs National Park.