Eastbourne to Alfriston by the South Downs Way

Introduction to Walk 3516

Photo from the walk - Eastbourne to Alfriston by the South Downs Way

Nat Park - South Downs

County/Area - East Sussex

Author - Barry Mackie

Length - 12.5 miles / 20.3 km

Ascent - 2350 feet / 712 metres

Grade - mod/hard

This is the first section of a national trail that extends from Eastbourne, a popular seaside resort in East Sussex, to Winchester, the ancient capital of Britain, in Hampshire. The cliff top walk with its dramatic views is recognised as the finest of its type in South East England.  

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East Dean Circular
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Walk 1638
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Beachy Head & Eastbourne from East Dean
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 6.2 miles / 10.1 km
Walk 1357
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Exceat circular via the Seven Sisters
Grade - moderate
Length - 14.0 miles / 22.8 km
Walk 3120
6.1 miles / 9.8 km away
Alfriston to Rodmell by the South Downs Way
Grade - moderate
Length - 9.0 miles / 14.6 km
Walk 1015
9.2 miles / 14.8 km away
Ouse Valley & Beddingham Hill from Newhaven Tide Mills
Grade - moderate
Length - 12.0 miles / 19.5 km
Walk 1633
10.1 miles / 16.1 km away
Charleston Farm & Firle Beacon from Firle
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 4.6 miles / 7.5 km
Walk 2419
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Southease, Ditchling Beacon & Lewes
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 17.0 miles / 27.6 km
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Firle Beacon from Southease
Grade - moderate
Length - 13.3 miles / 21.5 km
Walk 1770
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Southease or Rodmell to Falmer
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 6.8 miles / 11 km
Walk 2684
16.3 miles / 26.1 km away
Falmer to Pyecombe & Blackcap by South Downs Way
Grade - moderate
Length - 8.8 miles / 14.2 km

Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

Recommended Reading

Walks in the South Downs National Park

Walks in the South Downs National ParkGuidebook with 40 circular walks throughout the South Downs National Park, exploring the beautiful chalk hills between Eastbourne and Winchester. The walks range from under 5 miles to 11 miles, including Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, Ditchling Beacon and hundreds of prehistoric sites. Accessible all year, but wild flowers best in spring.
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Walking in Sussex

Walking in SussexWalking in Sussex describes 40 circular walks that show the great variety of scenery and history in Sussex. Short walks and more demanding routes, including outline descriptions of some of the region's long-distance paths. Covers the South Downs, High Weald and Ashdown Forest.
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Area Information

South Downs NP

The South Downs is Britain's newest National Park and stretches from Winchester to Beachy Head. Steeped in history there are ancient hill-forts, barrows, a Roman road and deserted ... - More information

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28.6 miles / 45.7 km away

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