A Self-Guided Tour of the South Downs National Trail

STORY BY Debbie 27th June 2021

With its varied terrain, ranging from coastal paths and forest trails, to riverside routes and heathland tracks, the South Downs Way begins in Winchester, and continues through the heart of Sussex, before finishing at the seaside resort of Eastbourne.

The 100 mile self-guided tour has been designed to be completed in eight days (nine nights), which means plenty of time to admire the sights, stop for a spot of sunbathing, and dine on delicious food and drink along the way. The South Downs Way is not just one of the oldest national trails, but also the only national trail in the country to be situated entirely within a National Park. Pass cathedrals, Iron Age hill forts, characterful villages, historic lighthouses and incredible landmarks, such as the Seven Sisters, plus keep an eye out for rare orchids, Roe Deer and Skylarks. Use Pied A Terre Adventures’ new Virtual Guide for direction, and for the many points of interest on route. And as each day draws to a close, tuck into top local produce accompanied by a pint, or glass of wine (or more).

nine-night self-guided trip, available all year, costs from £850 pp (based on two people sharing a room with an en-suite bathroom) including breakfast; virtual guide and OS Map App; personalised itinerary; full route plan, trail notes and GPS; nature spotters guide; local history, heritage and geology information; treats for the walk; children’s adventure pack (if required); recommended refreshment stops; bag transfers; full support from Pied A Terre Adventures’ Sussex HQ before, and during the trip, 24/7.
Pied A Terre Adventures (01403 788994, www.patadventures.com)

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