The best South Downs walks

With a spectacular coastline and a picture perfect countryside, it should come as no surprise that the South Downs is brimming with beautiful walks. Offering a little something for all hiking abilities, this beautiful region is a great way to reconnect with nature and explore the great outdoors. In fact, the South Downs spans across three counties, offering diverse scenery throughout. If you are hoping to go on a hike during your trip to the South Downs, you will have plenty of options to choose from. We have rounded up some of our favourite South Downs walks to help make your choice a little easier.

River Arun

Spanning across 37 miles, the River Arun is an impressive landmark that flows through West Sussex. As the largest river in Sussex, this river offers an abundance of scenic walks to suit all abilities and timeframes. One of the most popular walks in the area is the Amberley and River Arun hike. On average, this hike is 13.7 kilometres long and takes between three and four hours. It gently meanders through the historic village of Amberley and climbs up to Amberley Mount for panoramic vistas. Along the walk, you can visit the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre or camp overnight at The Gumber Bothy.

Arundel Castle & Pubs

This charming cultural walk also journeys along the River Arun and ventures past the magnificent Arundel Castle. Starting in the town of Arundel, this is a historic trail that also passes a wide range of pubs. The walk, which usually takes between four and five hours, is a great option for those looking to explore the surrounding area of Arundel. It is also ideal for families looking to stop for a tasty pub lunch along the way. The track also takes hikers through an idyllic woodland area and a family-friendly boating centre.

Temple of the Winds

If you are looking for an easy walk, then the Temple of the Winds is the perfect choice. Ideal for those with younger children, this accessible hike only takes one hour. This gorgeous walk was also the inspiration for many poems by Lord Tennyson. It is a well-marked walking path that forks through woodland and pastures. There is also a slight incline where you will be greeted by captivating views.

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