Getting There

It's easy to get to the South Downs Way. Download the Public Transport Guide, which includes a network map and timetable, here.

Long distance walkers can get back to the start by train between Eastbourne and Winchester. There are intermediate stations at Petersfield, Amberley, Hassocks and Lewes that are helpful if you're doing the walk in stages.

Walk and Cycle provide a unique bus servcie for walkers and cyclists along the South Downs Way.

Overseas visitors can arrive by ferry to Newhaven and Portsmouth, or the London Airports (especially Gatwick).

The Downlander is an all-inclusive Off-Peak day travel ticket from Southern, giving great value travel on train and bus travel and discount to attractions across the South Downs. To find out more and buy a Downlander ticket visit the Southern Railway website.

The South Downs Public Transport Guide 2013/14 has been designed to help you make the most of the public transport available in and around the South Downs National Park and the South Downs Way National Trail. Download the guide from the South Downs National Park Authority website or contact the Trail Team for a free printed copy.

For public transport information and journey planning visit the Traveline website or call them on 0871 200 22 33.

Horse riders

There are horse box parking opportunities all along the South Downs Way, you can see horsebox parking on the 'equestrian information' tab on the plan your visit page or in the Car Parking leaflet. Please check as many carparks have height barriers. 


Some train operators do not allow bikes on some services or only allow restricted numbers.  If you intend to take a bike on a train, check in advance by contacting the train operator or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950.

Car Parking

We encourage you to come and visit the South Downs by public transport, however, if you do decide to drive then road connections are good. Car Parks are often small in the South Downs, with farm machinery sometimes passing through especially during harvest, so please park considerately. Long term parking is harder to come by so if you are planning to leave your vehicle in Eastbourne or Winchester we recommend contacting the relevant local authority for advice on the best and safest options.

Download the South Downs Way car parking guide here.


Interactive Map

Plan your visit to the Trail on our interactive map
Plan your visit using our Interactive Map.
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