Getting There

It's easy to get to the South Downs Way. Download the Public Transport network map and, 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.

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

The Discovery Ticket is an all-inclusive cost-effective way to enjoy unlimited travel across the National Park and south of England. To find out more visit the South Downs National Park Authority website.

A new guide to day walks along the South Downs Way using public transport is available to download here or contact the SDW team for a free hard copy.

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

Finding the Winchester Start

The official western end of the trail at Winchester is the Winchester City Mill. From the railway station head to the High Street and walk down hill (east) towards King Alfred's Statue. The City Mill is on the river Itchen on Bridge Street just beyond King Alfred. There is a free visitor information area in the Mill. From more information about the Mill and detailed "How to get there" information visit its website. The City Mill is owned and managed by the National Trust.

Finding the Eastbourne Start

Both the bridleway route and footpath route start from the same place at the western end of Kind Edward's Parade. From the railway station head towards the seafront. On reaching the seafront turn west passing Bandstand, The Wish Tower and Helen Gardens. When the road turns sharp right and becomes Dukes Drive, continue straight on, leaving the road by 'The Kiosk' cafe. The footpath heads stright ahead up the hill and the bridleway route turns right before curving around left and continuing up the hill.


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.


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.

The South Downs Way car parking guide is currently being updated and a new version will be available shortly. If you require specific information please contact the SDW team.

Interactive Map

Plan your visit to the Trail on our interactive map
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