Many people want a souvenir of a brilliant trip on the South Downs Way or a taste of what the trail has to offer. Below are a selection of publications which may inspire you to visit the South Downs Way or bring back fond memories of trips past.
Follow the Master
Follow the Master is a feature film by director Matt Hulse which journeys the length of the South Downs Way.
This moving trip along the South Downs Way is director Matt Hulse's tribute to the memory of his grandfather Eric. The rolling hills and scarp slopes of the South Downs were one of Grandpa Eric's beloved landscapes, these fantasticaly vibrant scenes feature throughout the film with the story of the journey Matt, his girlfriend Lucy and their ever excited dog Tippy take along the Trail. Eric too features in the movie with clips from family gatherings along with air drumming, ukeleles and a Union Jack cocktail stick to mark each mile travelled and each of the 96 years of Ericís life.
This is a wonderful tribute to a man who enjoyed the pleasures of the South Downs and a fantastic video journey of a Trail along which countless thousands have travelled and enjoyed. For those new to the South Trail, it can't help but inspire you to walk the South Downs Way and will stir memories for those who have already walked it.
'An inspired cinematic pleasure'- Edinburgh International Film Festival
More details, a trailer and DVD are avaliable on the film website
Moods of the South Downs
The Irreverent Guide to Walking and Cycling the South Downs Way
A funny account of one mans adventure both walking and cycling the South Downs Way. Written, walked and cycled by Martin King, a self-confessed couch-potato cabbie from London.
As well as an entertaining read it also has tips and hints for a successful trip along the South Downs Way.
Saxon Shore Way & South Downs Way
The South Downs Way and the Saxon Shore Way are featured in this DVD by Aerial Britain. They both travel the length of each trail looking at the landscape features and history of the routes. Particular attention is paid to the Long Man of Wilmington, Devils Dyke, Chanctonbury Ring, Arundel Castle and Winchester Cathedral.
Running time 58 minutes. RRP: £12.99 Available from www.Beckmanndirect.com.
South Downs Way National Trail Video Guide
Whether you are planning a trip on the South Downs Way or you want to remember some of the fantastic scenery, Anthony Burtonís video guide of the trail is informative and inspiring for walkers and armchair walkers alike.
He travels the full length of the trail from Eastbourne to Winchester and is a wealth of local knowledge and facts.
Running time 29 minutes. Available as a DVD (£10.21) or as a video file download (£5.10) from www.tvwalks.com.