The South Downs National Park has over 3,000 kilometres of Rights of Way for you to walk on. With the South Downs Way, a National Trail stretching the entire length of the National Park, as well as many Country Parks, woodlands and other countryside sites there are routes to suit everyone. To download one of our walk leaflets please visit our Publications page.
Walking is the perfect way to keep fit, appreciate nature and take time out from our hectic lifestyles. Enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the high chalk downland, the patchwork fields and the deep wooded valleys of the Weald. In an area rich in cultural heritage and historical monuments including Iron Age hill-forts, ancient chalk figures, medieval villages and Norman churches, there is always something to see along the way.
Before the South Downs became a National Park the South Downs Joint Committee worked with a number of partner organisations to develop the below guided walks and trails - please note that some of the contact information on these leaflets may be out of date.
Bus Walks is a series of leaflets featuring inspiring walks handily starting and finishing at bus stops. There are 18 Bus Walk across the Downs, taking in footpaths and bridleways in areas from Worthing to Beachy Head. Each unique walk offers a different experience of the Downs, including the option of exploring areas of new Open Access land.
The Annual West Sussex County Council South Downs Way Walk next year is from 7th to 15th June 2013. From Winchester to Eastbourne. This walk has been enjoyed by many people from all walks of life for the past 33 years.
Full details and booking forms are available on the official website: www.southdownsway.com
www.ramblers.org.uk - The Ramblers are Britain's biggest walking charity. Their website is full of advice and information to help you get the best out of walking, including their group walks finder to help you locate a led walk in the South Downs.
www.ldwa.org.uk – The Long Distance Walkers Association
www.outdoor-learning.org – Learn outdoor skills and get professional accreditation
www.disabledramblers.co.uk – National group of disabled ramblers with advice on mobility aids.