Walking on the South Downs

Walking the dog. Walking off lunch. Walking the 100 miles of the South Downs Way. Whatever your reasons for stepping foot on the South Downs, there’s a route that’s right for you. So pull on your walking boots and enjoy a walk on one of our beautiful countryside sites on the South Downs.

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The West-facing front of the c14th timber framed Alfriston Clergy House.

Alfriston Clergy House countryside walk

Walk in the footsteps of the artists and writers of the Bloomsbury Group as you follow our circular route to 600-year-old Alfriston Clergy House.

A common blue butterfly rests on top of a yellow bird's foot trefoil wildflower.

Between the South Downs and the sea walk

With so much wildlife and archaeology to see along the way, there really is something for everyone on this moderately challenging walk between the South Downs and the sea.

Sunset lends stunning colours to the winding Cuckmere meanders

A heavenly haven at Chyngton

Take in the chalk downland of Seaford Head local nature reserve, with stunning views of the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Valley on this easy to moderate walk.

A postcard showing the Victorian funicular railway station that took visitors to the village of Poynings

Chasm Explorer

A good three mile walk which takes you to the alleged burial site of the Devil and beyond to Saddlescombe Farm and the donkey wheel

'Shippams Poste', named for a local family who donated it to the Trust

Stane Street trail

Take our substantial 7-mile walk through the Slindon Estate, Eartham Woods and along the Chichester to London Roman Road: Stane Street.


Downland and wildlife walk on Harting Down

A classic downland walk, offering panoramic views over the Weald to the North Downs, before descending into secluded valleys of natural and historic interest.

A black metal fingerpost sign posting the way to the old Haslemere well, which used ot supply the local area and charged a ha'penny per bucket

Swan Barn Farm well, woodland and meadow walk

Starting and ending in the historic market town of Haslemere, this walk goes from the medieval dipping well past a traditional orchard grazed by sheep, through a network of meadows, streams and woodland.