We walked this during the late spring again at the end of May start of June during 2019
This is a fantastic walk between Winchester and Eastbourne, but before you start your walk in Winchester make sure that you visit the Cathedral, it may cost to go in but you are supporting the upkeep of a fantastic building.
We spent 8 days doing this walk as we are getting a bit older but mainly be prepared to walk up and down from the way each evening and morning as the villages are all at the bottom of the ridge I found that each day you would need to add at least a mile to your walk to find the accommodation for the evening.
Highlight of the walk is definitely the last day with the walk from Alfriston to Eastbourne we took the seven sisters route and although a bit up and down is well worth it especially if the weather is with you.
This is a fantastic long distance route with fantastic views all along the trail there are also numerous Neolithic lumps and bumps along the way allowing you to realise you are not the first to walk this way and that since people have lived on these islands they have lived and walked along this route.
When you reach your destination make sure that you take time to enjoy Eastbourne.
This is a fantastic long distance walk that can be a challenge but worth the effort .
The first day is from Winchester to Exton this part of the walk is just over 20 km a gentle introduction to walking along the South Downs Way. The start in Winchester next to the Cathedral is a fantastic start to any walk, even the walk through the town is steeped in history.
The second day takes you from Exton to Buriton not much longer than the first day just over 21 km, but taking you into the higher ground with again history all along the path with hill forts and barrows and other neolithic sites. The walk finishes with a stroll through the Queen Elisabeth Country Park.
Day three takes you from Buriton to Cocking the walk starts with a climb up to the ridge then you walk the ridge for the most of the walk and then back down at the end to Cocking. This stretch is not so far as the previous two days at just over 18.5 km, but with a lot more up and down.
The forth day is a little longer than previous days at 22 km but with a flat section at the end across the river Arun near Amberley. Again the area has numerous neolithic sites along the path