The 40th Annual South Downs Way Walk : 7th - 15th June 2019


There is no accommodation provided along the South Downs Way during this event; with over 200 people taking part that simply would not be possible. Most local people will return home at the end of each day to family or friends. Those coming from further afield will find accommodation for the full nine days near one of the pick-up points - usually Chichester or Arundel. For some suggestions click here.

Luxury coaches are provided to pick up from four points along the South Coast each morning - SHOREHAM (fully booked),  WORTHING (fully booked) ,  ARUNDEL  &  CHICHESTER  - and take everyone to and from the next section of the trail each day. The coaches leave at different times each morning usually between 8am and 9:30am. During the walk everyone is free to walk at their own pace. In the afternoon the four coaches will depart at roughly 45 minute intervals to return to all the pick-up points; so there's never too long to wait for a coach home.


Best friends are welcome on the Annual Walk but we are limited to just 3 dogs on each outbound coach -  early booking is, therefore, essential. (ALL dog passes are now taken)


The cost for the full nine days is £269 which includes coach transport to and from the trail each day, the celebratory buffet reception in Winchester, personal certificates, an experienced team walking the whole trail with you ... and one or two surprises along the way.


There are set cancellation charges which are detailed in the terms and conditions. Please make a note of the significant dates and arrange holiday insurance cover - or check with your credit card company.


The South Downs Way is classified as an 'easy' National Trail. However you must be comfortable with walking 11 or 12 miles a day on consecutive days and have well worn and tested footwear. The hard chalk and flint paths are unforgiving of any ill-fitting boots or socks.


After booking, both newcomers and ‘old hands’ will be invited to attend a morning briefing meeting, with complimentary refreshments, a few weeks before the event. The team will be there to talk about how it all works and answer any questions.