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.

99 mile fingerpost

Nine days  

To walk the full 100 mile trail takes NINE days, starting on the morning of Friday 7th June and finishing on the afternoon of Saturday 15th.  

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  regatta_logo

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 

When bookings open in December ... first decide:

1) Which is your best joining point for the event:                  Chichester, Arundel,  Worthing or Shoreham 

2) 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.


A briefing

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.

What's included?

The cost for 2019 will be announced in December (last year it was £259) These costs will include:

  • Luxury coach transport to and from the trail for each of the nine or seven days
  • Buffet reception at the end of the walk with complimentary drinks
  • Personal South Downs Way trail completion certificates
  • Free entry to all the Regatta competitions
  • Support of the Footprints ‘Red Shirts’ who will walk the trail with you
  • Invitation to the ‘briefing meeting’ in May
  • Some complimentary 'surprises' along the way ...