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South Downs Way

Sussex, England, Brighton, England
01243 558716
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Ranked #3 of 85 Attractions in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks
Activities: Biking, Walking
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West Sussex
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Walked the whole of the SDW from Winchester to Eastbourne and it was a wonderful experience. Well signposted and manageable in separate sections over different days in the month that it took me. An accompanying book and OS map definitely helped keep me on track and pointed out places of note en route.

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Surf City USA
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118 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Just a spectacular place. Almost defies description. We would have liked to walk more but beware the weather along the path's more foreboding sections. There's a reason the few trees have grown to be bent sideways. Above the Beachy Head lighthouse, I think the sweeping vista affords the greatest single vantage point in the UK. Pray for sunny days!

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The views are fantastic on a hot summers day, you can see for miles. The South downs way stretches well into Eastbourne and back to Chichester, so many like to cycle the ridge of the downs from one end to another. The Tourist Centre will have a maps of all the various cycle tracks and the pubs along the way.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Wonderful walk! We have completed the South Downs Way both east to west and west to east! Both ways are wonderful but a short word of warning. If you start from Eastbourne then you have a choice of two routes. Either you go slightly inland and walk back through the town to pick up the path that will take you... More

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Greensboro NC
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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I had read about the South Downs Way and decided to give it a try, and am glad I did; it compares favorably with other British long walks. I walked the trail east to west in 6 1/2 days. It was prettier than I expected it to be. The pleasing panoramic views become routine, often seeing few signs of civilization... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

OK, so you like an English building that tries hard to look foreign. I don't. Maybe because I travel to Asia all the time for work, but I find such buildings plain kitsch. I even got to have dinner inside at a reception. It seems they tried to stick as much "stuff" that evokes Asia (for the uninitiated) into each... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The Southdowns stretches for 100 miles. Whether you walk a bit, cycle (Mountain Bike) a bit or try and do the entire route or just part of it, it is a great walk that stretches from Winchester to Brighton. No camping sites but it passes lots of villages with nice B&B's

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Arundel, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Great views peaceful walks, village of Alfriston is well worth a visit, although walking is recommended as it only has a small car park, for a small village lots of lovely tea shops and 3 pubs.

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Shoreham
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91 reviews 91 reviews
40 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The South Downs Way stretches for miles and is a delight for walkers. Wear stout walking boots, pack a rucksack with lunch and bottles of water, and go for it!

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Nice peaceful setting but impersonal and some staff not helpful. Surrounding area lovely and easy of getting to south coast good.

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