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South Downs Way

Route Details

  • From/to: Eastbourne to Winchestersouth downs way
  • Distance: 100 miles. 
  • Type: Bridleways with some on-road sections
  • Terrain: Varied. Suitable for mountain bikes only.
  • National Cycle Network: Regional Route 89

Route Description

The South Downs Way follows the ancient chalk ridge of the South Downs from Eastbourne to Winchester, and the elevated position makes for some stunning views over the Weald to the north and the English Channel to the south. On the way explore ancient monuments, nature reserves and sites of special scientific interest, as well as picturesque towns and villages. Cyclists can follow the blue, plum and red arrows along the trail.


Sussex & South Surrey and Hampshire & IOW maps

Browse all walking and cycling maps and guides of the South Downs

Things to see and do

  • Iron age hill forts of Old Winchester Hill, Chanctonbury Ring and Devils Dyke
  • Beacon Hill nature reserve
  • Cathedral city of Winchester
  • Seven Sisters country park near Eastbourne
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This mainly off-road, mountain bike route follows the escarpments and ridges of the South Downs through Sussex and Hampshire, with some breathtaking views along the way.

100 miles