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Five Autumn walks in the South Downs

Five Autumn walks in the South Downs

October 6, 2021

The South Downs is a beautiful place to explore at any time of the year, but there’s something really special about enjoying a walk in the countryside in the autumn, with misty mornings and the crunch of frosted fallen leaves under your feet.

We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite walks to enjoy this Autumn, you can find all of these and more on our Walking page.

Our walking and cycling trails can also be downloaded on ViewRanger, an Android and iOS app, which makes them even easier to follow and saves your printer ink.


Arundel Park at night by Jamie Fielding

With it’s fairytale castle and abundance of cafes and traditional pubs, Arundel is the perfect location for an Autumn day out.

Choose from a gentle river walk along the banks of the river Arun to more challenging hikes up to Arundel Park and South Stoke.

With a train station nearby, you can choose to leave the car at home.

Walks in Arundel

Ditchling Beacon and Devil’s Dyke

Explore the highest point in East Sussex, Ditchling Beacon, with its stunning views over the Weald and out to sea, or Devil’s Dyke, the longest, deepest and widest ‘dry valley’ in the whole of the UK.

The leaflet below also includes a linear walk along a dramatic section of the South Downs Way taking in the iconic Jack and Jill windmills at Clayton and picturesque Pyecombe village.

An early morning walk also gives you the opportunity to see the mist rise above the Weald below.

South Downs Walks – Ditchling Beacon and Devil’s Dyke

Rogate and Harting

Explore patchwork fields, peaceful villages and the scenic River Rother.

Detailing two routes, one starting in Rogate and one in South Harting, this walk takes you through some of the stunning quintessentially English countryside of the Weald.

You’ll also walk part of the Serpent Trail, the 64 mile long route which winds it way through the stunning heathlands of the South Downs. When you reach the banks of the River Rother, tread quietly and you might be able to spot kingfishers and herons on the banks.

Walks in Rogate and Harting


This is a 10 mile walk, so it’s perfect if you want to make a real day of it. It is also possible to take a short cut and save yourself 5 miles or so if you don’t have enough time for the full route.

Cheriton has a claim to be Hampshire’s prettiest village. Its church sits upon an ancient barrow and the River Itchen, which rises nearby, runs through the village beside its thatched cottages. The highest part of the tis trail goes along the South Downs Way, where there are excellent views and you may be able to spot Red Kites flying below.

Walks near Cheriton

The Meon Valley Trail

Discover a trail that leads you through English history. Once a railway line running from Fareham to Alton transporting local livestock and agricultural produce, the trail now spans 11 miles through picturesque countryside, from West Meon in the north to Wickham in the south.

The trail is suitable for Suitable for cyclists, walkers and horse riders (carriages
are only permitted north of West Walk). There are no stiles along the way and as the gradient is mostly flat with a  wide path, it is suitable for pushchairs and mobility scooters.

Meon Valley Trail