Annual Walk - how does it work ?
How does it work?
Coach transport is provided each day throughout the South Downs Way Annual Walk, with four pick-up points to choose from. You must chose which is most convenient for you for the whole seven or nine days. The pick-up points are at:
Each day of the walk our coaches will leave promptly from the four pick-up points at the advertised time – which can be as early as 8am. At the end of the day’s walk the return coaches will leave at different times throughout the afternoon, with each coach returning to all the pick-up points, unless clearly shown otherwise..
Nine or Seven days?
To walk the full 100 mile trail takes NINE days, starting on the morning of Friday 8th June and finishing on the afternoon of Saturday 16th. For those who may enjoy the shorter, original 80 mile trail,we have recently introduced the option of joining on Sunday10th June at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park to walk the remaing SEVEN days to Eastbourne.
Is it guided?
This is not a guided walk and everyone is free to walk the trail at their own pace and take a rest whenever they choose. That said, the team of Footprints Red Shirts will walk the trail with you and will never be too far away should any help be needed.
The South Downs Way is a National Trail and is clearly marked with the distinctive ACORN SYMBOL making it easy to follow. Although maps are by no means essential, they will be available for purchase at the briefing meeting in May.
Competitions - sponsored by
During the event we’ll be giving away nine great prizes in the “Regatta Great Outdoors” competition. It’s free to enter each day and is just a fun quiz about things you may or may not have seen along the way. There’s also a ‘limerick’ competition with prizes for the most amusing entries. And we'll also be inviting you to send us your best photos taken during the walk - which we'll display on the big screen at the end of walk reception.
How to book
Before you go to the booking page, first decide:
1) Which is your best joining point for the event: Chichester,Arundel, Worthing or Shoreham
2) Are you going to do the full trail over NINE days or join on the Sunday at the Queen Elizabeth Park for the remaining SEVEN days
3) Do you intend to bring your dog. If so you will need a dog pass - for the same coach as yourself !
There are then two simple ways of booking on our "Book a Place" page :
a) Download and print a paper booking form and post it to us with a cheque or bacs
b) Go to the online 'shop', enter all the details requested and proceed to checkout through our secure Barclaycard payment system, where you can pay with most credit or debit cards.
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 Footprints Team will be there to offer advice on preparation for the walk, explain how it all ‘works’, show some photos of the trail itself and answer any questions that you may have. More details of this meeting will be given with the joining instructions.
The cost for 2018 is £259 for the full 9 days or £215 for the 7 days starting Sunday. These costs include: