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South Downs Way
Fiona Barltrop  
03 August 2016
UK price £10.99
64pp, 145 x 220mm, 205g

South Downs Way


Fiona Barltrop

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"Excellent photographs and useful background information on nearby attractions" - The Downsman

The South Downs Way is one of England’s popular National Trails. It runs for 100 miles (160 km) from the cathedral city of Winchester to the spectacular white cliffs of East Sussex, finishing at Eastbourne. The route undulates along the northern escarpment of the chalk Downs for much of the way, offering extensive views north over the Weald and south towards the sea.

The Way forms the backbone of Britain’s newest National Park, with landscape ranging from rolling farmland and woods to classic open grassy downland. Historical interest includes impressive Iron Age hill forts and Bronze Age barrows. The route is a National Trail and very well waymarked. It can be walked at any time of year, with good public transport links that give flexibility.


This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy the South Downs Way:

  • detailed route description
  • background on geology, history and conservation
  • wildlife and habitats
  • map of the entire route (1:105,000)
  • information about public transport and travel
  • lavishly illustrated, with over 80 colour photographs
  • rucksack-friendly and on rainproof paper.
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From Part 1 (planning)
Part 2.3 (Habitats and wildlife)
3.8a Alfriston to Eastbourne

Reviewed by the magazine of the South Downs Society

This is very well produced … It contains excellent photographs and useful background information on nearby attractions … At the end is a most impressive pull-out map of the Way over six pages. It would certainly serve as an excellent guide to someone who is contemplating tackling all or just part of the Way in 2012.

Peter Harris in The Downsman issue 175 (autumn 2011)

From South East Walker

What makes the publication distinctive is its convenient format and use of waterproof paper which should ensure it survives all that the worst days on the Way can throw at you.

Excerpt from Armchair Walker review (August 2011)

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GPX route file

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