South Downs

This Wiki has to fulfill several objectives.
  1. To collect the various blog entries written by the author to record his walks in the South Downs
  2. To disseminate information regarding the unbounded pleasure that is walking the South Downs
  3. To show some of the photos that author has taken during his walks.

About the South Downs

The South Downs is an area of outstanding natural beauty providing a rubinesque, almost sensual lanscape across the south east corner of England. The chalk cliffs, rolling downs, tranquil woodlands, and extensive grazing provide one of the great icons of Britain.
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The South Downs have been home to man since neolithic times, with earthworks, defensive ditches, burials, and early tools spread across the landscape. Now, with little habitation other than occasional farms, and a few picture-book villages it provides a haven of peace and tranquility for the walker who is willing to stray from the easily accessible routes.

Stretching from Winchester in the west to Eastbourne in the east, the South Downs covers some 1374 square kilometres, and makes up one of the largest protected landscapes in England.

The South Downs are criss-crossed with numerous footpaths, bridleways, and lanes but most significantly they also have two long-distance paths: the South Downs Way, and the southern portion of The Monarch's Way.
  • The South Downs Way National Trail is open to walkers, cyclists, horse riders, and adventurous disabled people using a suitable cross country buggy. It runs for about 100 miles between Winchester and Eastbourne
  • The Monarch's Way is Britain's second-longest signed walking trail, a lengthy, meandering route following the flight of Charles II after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester to escape across the Channel at Shoreham.

Collaborative Walking

No, this is not some kind of three-legged race, but rather a way to get interested parties involved and working together to make the most of the walking opportunites.


To contact me, please feel free to leave a comment on my blog, or email me.