South Downs Way

Duration: 11 days
Trails: T2 trails
Distance: 15 - 20 km per day
Ascent per day: 250 - 500 m ascent per day

> Walk the full South Downs Way to the east coast
> Enjoy breathtaking views of valleys and meadows
> Accommodation before, during and after the trek included

The South Downs Way is a trail that runs through the South Downs National Park. It is England’s newest National park and was only established in 2009. It runs through as many as 5 National Nature Reserves and many more interesting attractions, the most important being the iconic English chalk hills.



Arrival in Winchester

Today you will have to make your way to Winchester. Here, you will spend the night preparing for your South Downs Way adventure.

Bridge Street House (Winchester)

Bridge Street House (Winchester)

Winchester to Exton

Duration: 05:34 h
Distance: 20.6 km
Ascent: 290 m
Descent: 260 m
The South Downs Way starts with a short hike through the beautiful city of Winchester. After a few kilometers you will exit the city and the rolling hills of the countryside will surely catch your eye. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Meon Valley while you make your way to Exton.

Crossways B&B (Exton)

Crossways B&B (Exton)

Exton to Buriton

Duration: 05:50 h
Distance: 21 km
Ascent: 380 m
Descent: 370 m
The second day will be a fairly easy day of hiking as the height difference is not very significant. You will pass by several hills such as Salt Hill and Butser Hill. Butser hill is the highest point of the South Downs Way, which is only 270 meters. From this point, your view will reach as far as the Isle of Wight.

The Nest Hotel & Restaurant (Buriton)

The Nest Hotel & Restaurant (Buriton)
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  • Accommodation

    We will arrange your accommodation on the The South Downs Way in hotels, inns, and guesthouses. Accommodation will be private in single, double or twin rooms and with en-suite bathroom where possible.

  • Full travel guide

    We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide which includes a route description, interactive The South Downs Way hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek.

  • Baggage Transfer

    This trek includes the transfer of your luggage throughout the entire The South Downs Way trek. Your bags will be picked up every morning from the hotel lobby and will be driven to your next next accommodation. Baggage transfers allow you to travel lighter during the day and enjoy the walk in a more relaxed manner.

  • Breakfast

    Breakfast is, if possible, included in this trek and it will be provided every morning at your accommodation.


  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport. This also applies to any transport from the end point of your trail.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Lunch and Dinner

    Breakfast is, if possible, included in the price of the trek. You can get lunch and dinner at the shops, hotels, and restaurants along the way.


  • How to get to the South Downs Way?

  • South Downs Way: Weather and Best Season

  • Baggage Transfer during The South Downs Way

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