General Information


The South Downs is a very attractive area quite different from the Cotswolds. If you can manage Cotswold walks you should have no difficulty with South Downs ones. Only one of our four walks has a steep hill. I do recognise that even the best walkers can have minor health problems which limit them, so for each day’s walk I have given my thoughts on a shortcut.

Note that we might decide to alter the order of the walks depending on the weather. The main consideration is that the initial descent on the Washington walk will be more difficult in rain.


Walking boots or shoes are essential, as some stretches are rough and possibly muddy. If you usually walk with a pole, do bring it. Be sure to bring waterproof clothing; I intend to carry an umbrella.

Travel Costs

If you are not a driver, please be prepared to pay your share of your driver’s costs. Apart from petrol, there will be a small amount for parking.

Other Costs

The afternoons of Saturday and Sunday are free, and you will probably want to visit some of the area’s attractions. Obviously, you will have to pay your own entry fees. If you are a member of National Trust, bring your card and your car sticker. You might also find your bus pass useful.

Brighton Pavilion by Arnold

Brighton Pavilion
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