The South Downs Way is perfect for nature lovers and passes through an extraordinary range of diverse habitats from ancient woodlands, chalk grassland and river valleys, to coastal habitats and mixed farm land.
The Trail of South Downs Way can be enjoyed as one long distance journey or as a series of separate excursions. Walking, cycling or horse riding along the South Downs Way offers the opportunity to experience some of the finest landscapes in Britain.
One of fifteen National Trails in England and Wales, The South Downs Way was the first bridleway National Trail in England and lies uniquely and entirely within a National Park.
Almost all blissfully off-road its stunning 160 kilometre length stretches from the famous white chalky sea cliffs of Seven Sisters and Beachy Head at Eastbourne to the ancient cathedral city of Winchester in the west.
The entire 160 kilometre route has exceptional views of the high heathlands of the Western Weald and Blackdown, the Solent, the Isle of Wight, the heavily wooded Weald of Sussex, the receding ridges of the Chalk Downs themselves as well as the distant ridge of the North Downs and gives you the opportunity to see some of the finest historical sites including Chanctonbury Ring, Devils Dyke or the great iron age hill forts of Old Winchester Hill. There are more recent sites such as WWII defensive sites and Uppark House or a number of ancient burial sites and cross dykes.
For further information on the South Downs Way click and visit www.nationaltrail.co.uk