Walking in the South Downs: day two

Walking trail

Second day of a two-day walk in the South Downs, tried and tested by environment and travel journalist, Mark Rowe. You'll start at Ditchling Beacon Nature Reserve, taking in great views as you follow the South Downs Way towards the hamlet of Southease.

 Panoramic view at sunset in August from Devil's Dyke, South Downs, West Sussex


Map route for walking in the South Downs day two


Ditchling Beacon Nature Reserve, grid ref: TQ325134


If walking from Ditchling, it's preferable to avoid the traffic by taking the public footpath just east of the post office (TQ327152) that sweeps diagonally south-east towards The Nye, then due south past Jointer Copse, crossing Underhill Lane to climb steadily up to the ridge just east of Ditchling Beacon.

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The South Downs Way is clearly marked form here, heading east before turning south (TQ37012) and zig-zagging down to Housedean Farm.

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Continue to follow the South Downs Way as it sweeps around Swanborough Hill before picking up the Military Road to Southease.

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Southease train station, grid ref: TQ432055

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Walking in the South Downs: day two


A flinty walk, sometimes glassy and slippery in rain. Navigating is straightforward but look out for the acorn waymarkers, since it is all too easy to stride ever eastwards along the chalk escarpment. There are no rugged, awkward peaks, but this two day hike is no southern softy. The South Downs Way is consistently and clearly way-marked for almost its entire length. PLEASE NOTE: the map provided is intended as a rough guide, please take a map and compass with you. Well-behaved dogs welcome; please put on lead around livestock.

Walking in the South Downs: day two

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Walking in the South Downs: day two

How to get here

Ditchling Beacon Nature Reserve, Ditchling, East Sussex
By train

Southease train station (at the end of this walk) has regular connections to Lewes and Brighton, both of which have links to London and the rest of the country. See National Rail (tel: 08457 484950) for details

By road

Junction of Downs Link and South Downs Way, Steyning, near Horsham, West Sussex. Nearest postcode is BN44 3TU.

Walking in the South Downs: day two

Facilities and access

  • There are no facilities near the start or end of this walk.