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COVID 19 Update

There is guidance in England on staying safe and protecting others in greenspaces.

Exercise is important for health and wellbeing, but please follow guidance to stay safe and protect others.

Read the new measures effective in England from 5th November 2020 here.

• You must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household.

• Outdoor public places include parks, beaches and the countryside.

• Spending time or exercising outdoors – this should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space).

• If you need to travel you are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible, and to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practice social distancing while you travel.

• Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences are not allowed.

• You should minimise time spent outside your home.

Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space’

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

You should read the full advice and regulations for England here before visiting.

Relevant advice when using of public rights of way in England:

• Wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.

• Make space and stay at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household or support bubble where possible, or at least 1 metre with precautions, such as wearing a face mask.

• Take hand sanitiser with you in case there are no handwashing facilities.

• Follow the Countryside Code. Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home and don’t light fires or barbecues.

•Keep dogs under effective control and on a lead when you are around farm animals.

• Leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.

• Use footpaths and follow signs where they suggest alternative route other people and protect the natural environment.

• Remember your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods.

Introducing the Trail

Find useful facts and learn more about the South Downs Way below. Select the blue tabs below for more details.

About the Trail

Exercise is important for health and wellbeing, but please follow guidance to stay safe and protect others.

Read the full advice for England here

Relevant advice when using of public rights of way in England :

  •  Wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.
  •  Make space and stay at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household or support  bubble where possible, or at least 1 metre with precautions, such as wearing a face mask.
  •  Take hand sanitiser with you in case there are no handwashing facilities.
  •  Follow the Countryside Code. Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home and don’t  light fires or barbecues.
  •  Keep dogs under effective control and on a lead when you are around farm animals.
  •  Leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.
  •  Use footpaths and follow signs where they suggest alternative route other people and protect  the natural environment.
  •  Remember your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods.

WASH HANDS. COVER FACE. MAKE SPACE. 

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

What is special about the Trail?

The South Downs Way is tranquil island in the busy South East running entirely within the new South Downs National Park. You can feel a million miles from the hustle and bustle of modern life, but only be a few minutes from civilisation.

Running along a chalk ridge means that the Trail drains and dries out quickly making it good year round. The elevated position ensures you are rewarded by breathtaking views across the English Channel and Isle of Wight to the south and over the wooded Weald and heathland ridges to the north.

Whether you’re walking, on a mountain bike or on horseback the South Downs Way passes through a varied landscape of protected habitats including internationally important chalk rivers, internationally rare species rich chalk grasslands and beautiful ancient woodland. The Trail passes through or passes by 5 National Nature Reserves and dozens of Sites of Special Scientific Interest where you can enjoy stunning wildlife at close hand.

Latest News

Visit our News Page for the latest interesting and exciting news on the South Downs Way National Trail.

Events

Take a look at our Events calendar to find details of the enjoyable events that are taking place along the trail.  If you want, you can even add your own event.

Trail Itineraries

With its the breath-taking views across the English Channel and stunning scenery you can get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life on the South Downs Way, while being a few minutes from civilisation. Explore the South Downs Way for three days, a week or even longer. Find inspiration for your walking adventure using our suggested itineraries, or select one of our bookable itineraries which are highlighted with a star.

Create your own trip

Feeling inspired? Build a bespoke itinerary and start planning your visit to this great National Trail here.

South Downs Way

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DAYS

9

DISTANCE

160km

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Discover Roman sites, living history and stunning views

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