The South Downs Way is a long distance footpath in Southern England and is one of Britain’s National Trails. It runs for around 100 miles from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in Sussex. The South Downs Way passes through the South Downs National Park, a beautiful area. The majority of the path is a bridleway and so can be used by horse riders and cyclists too.
The South Downs Way follows the old routes and droveways along the chalk escarpment and ridges of the South Downs. The route provides the visitor with the opportunity “to get away from it all” without having to travel too far in this busy part of England. The undulating route provides a wonderful trip for long distance riders as well as walkers. It also provides interesting day trips and short breaks.
As the Trail is shared by walkers, cyclists, and horse riders, please take note (especially for cyclists, who may be travelling faster) don’t come up quietly on a horse from behind. Give a friendly shout so the horse and rider know you’re coming, it’s also less shocking for the animal than simply ringing any bell etc. It’s also best for any runners/joggers to ensure horse-riders are aware if you are due to pass them.