Green fields and blue skies on the South Downs Way

Trail Books and Merchandise

A number of other books and items relating to the South Downs Way are available. These include : 

A Companion on the South Downs Way by Peter Anderson and Terry Owen
This is not a guide as such but rather a description of the landscape and places through which the Trail passes. Full of fascinating snippets of local history, folklore and literary connections, this is a book about the eccentric and personal landscape of Sussex and East Hampshire. It's about the Downs' unique sense of place, which is so very far from the casual image of the anonymous, overdeveloped "South East". Available direct from the publisher:

I Spy – What & Why on the South Downs Way by Terry Owen and Peter Anderson
I Spy – What & Why answers those all important questions which crop up whilst walking along the South Downs Way, ‘What is that? Why is that there? When was that built?’ Designed as an I Spy book, each entry has a colour photograph and a short explanation about What & Why along with the Grid Reference for each item. A wealth of information which you can dip in and out of on or off the Trail. Available in local Sussex bookshops or direct from the publisher:

The Irreverent Guide to Walking and Cycling the South Downs Way by Martin King
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. Available from Amazon.

The 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 Burton’s 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 from

South Downs Way Completion certificate
A free downloadable cerificate is available or for a small chage we can send out a smart printed certificate. Vist the certificate page for more information.


A range of National Trails merchandise is available from the shop.

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