A great 14 mile walk over the Downs from Housedean Farm, Nr. Lewes, East Sussex, following the ancient chalk path of the South Downs Way to the Picturesque Village of Alfriston. You can tackle this as a long day’s outing or break it up into a more relaxed two day adventure.
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Fantastic Downland views
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A reasonable level of fitness is required to walk this undulating section of the South Downs Way. Expect good paths with dry, chalk valleys, superb panoramas and a few short steep climbs.
Accommodation is available at Southease (YHA Southdowns), also at the nearby towns of Lewes and Seaford which can be reached by train from Southease. Alfriston also has several accommodation options available.
In peak season (May to September) the Trail can be fairly busy and accommodation, especially in smaller villages, can fill up quickly so it is advisable to plan and book ahead. Accommodation along this stretch can be viewed on the itinerary map using the filter options.
To make your journey more enjoyable you may want to use a baggage transfer company to transport your luggage.
Bus and train are great ways to get out into the South Downs National Park and enjoy the South Downs Way without having to go back and pick up the car. This itinerary is designed to use public transport in order to get to and from the South Downs Way.
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This section of the South Downs Way is quite open and exposed to the elements and we advise that you choose footwear, clothing and sun protection appropriate to suit the predicted weather.
Between Housedean Farm and Alfriston there are a couple of points where you can leave the Trail to find refreshment. Please bear in mind that they are a short walk off the trail so just factor that extra distance into your day:
The Juggs pub at Kingston serves food all day.
The Abergavenny Arms at Rodmell serves food and local ales.
YHA Southdowns at Southease has a cafe serving snacks and light lunches. The Trail passes right by here.
The Ram at Firle serves food and local ales.
The Cricketers at Berwick serves food and local ales.
Alfriston has several pubs, cafes and tea rooms in the village as well as a local shop selling groceries, sandwiches, pies and cakes etc.
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.
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