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The Annual Walk
This is an organised nine day walk along the full 100 mile length of the South Downs Way, one of England's finest national trails. It will take place from 9th to 17th June 2017. For the past 37 years it has been enjoyed every June by hundreds of people from all over the world. It is, by tradition, a supported rather than a guided walk, with everyone free to walk at their own pace each day. However, our team of experienced leaders walk the South Downs Way trail with you and you can rest assured that there will always be knowledgeable people nearby to help you with directions, first aid or just a friendly smile.
With luxury coach transport provided to and from the South Downs Way each day, the annual supported walk is by far the simplest way of completing this inspiring and beautiful walk.The direction of the South Downs Annual Walk changes each year and in 2017 the walk will begin in Eastbourne and finish in Winchester.
Each day averages around 11 miles; This year's sectors are as follows:
Eastbourne - Alfriston - Newmarket - Devil's Dyke - Washington - Whiteways - Cocking - Q E Park - Exton - Winchester.
The South Downs Way
This is one of 16 national trails in England and Wales. It was the first bridleway national trail in England and is the only national trail to lie entirely within a national park, running right through the heart of the South Downs National Park.
A Remarkable Trail
One hundred miles of chalk downland walking separate the Cathedral city of Winchester, the ancient Saxon Capital of Wessex and England, from the Victorian seaside resort of Eastbourne. Stretching over a rare, large Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the South Downs Way follows ancient tracks along the chalk escarpment and ridges of the South Downs from Winchester to the white chalky cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.
26 Years Experience
The Annual Walk organisers, Footprints of Sussex, have a great deal of experience in organising guided and self-guided walking holidays on the South Downs. They have been leading walks and offering holidays along the South Downs Way for over 26 years and have been organising and leading the South Downs Way Walk, in co-operation with the County Council, for the past 17 years.