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The South Downs Way

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From wildlife to pre-history, and welcoming pubs to picture perfect quintessential English villages, the South Down Way is a 100-mile walkers paradise.

The trail starts in England’s first city, Winchester and comes to an end when you reach the coastline at Eastbourne.

Winchester is literally oozing history. The seat of who many believe to be England first Monarch, King Alfred the Great you can also visit King Arthur’s Round Table at Winchester Castle. There’s also the Cathedral and many other attractions for walkers with an interest in England’s dramatic past.

If history leaves you cold, there’s plenty of open countryside, with views to the Isle of Wight as you head towards Beacon Hill national Nature reserve. Naturists are spoilt with this section of the trail as one reserve leads to a second at Old Winchester Hill.

Further attractions en route include Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Uppark House, Bronze Age Burial mounts, an Iron Age Hill fort, the Devil’s Dyke, the largest dry chalk valley in England, and the Seven Sisters Country Park to name but a few.

Dover may be famous for its white cliffs, you may be surprised to learn that Eastbourne shares this geological trait. Why not treat yourself to a well deserved an ice cream or fish and chips at Eastbourne seafront promenade when you reach the end of the South Downs Way.

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