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South Downs Ways
South Downs Ways OverviewEngland’s newest National Park, an ancient ridgeway, charming villages and excellent local food – our chosen corner of West Sussex makes for idyllic walking country.
- self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
- rolling countryside, expansive views
- explore Petworth, a renowned antiques centre
- stay at two fine pubs with good food
Humans have been walking the ridgeline of the South Downs for centuries, all taking in the views that found Virginia Woolf “overcome by beauty more extravagantly than one could expect.” Characterised by rolling chalk grassland, and presenting an enticing tableau of arable farmland, shady woodland and vineyards, inlaid with a network of quiet country lanes and walking trails – all within the protective embrace of England’s newest National Park – our chosen portion of West Sussex makes for exhilarating walking country.
One highlight is an ancient ridgeway, which today has acquired the status of a National Trail, ‘The South Downs Way’. Indeed, a feature of this holiday is the borrowing of sections from this and other long-distance paths, such as ‘The Serpent Trail’, ‘The West Sussex Literary Trail’ and ‘The Monarch’s Way’. Add to this a trio of fine country inns offering good service and locally sourced food – as well a smattering of historic sites, ancient yew groves, manicured gardens and even a famous racecourse – and you have all the ingredients for a very enjoyable few days away.