There many guidebooks available for the South Downs Way, some include detailed maps and route descriptions to direct you along the Trail. Others act more as a companion giving you additional information about the South Downs and specific things you will see en route.
There are also a selection of books with circular walks in the South Downs, many of the walk incorporate the South Downs Way and are great for inspiring you to just get out and about for the day.
Below are a selection of books obtainable from most good high-street or online bookshops. Alternatively many are also available to borrow for free from your local library.