The annual South Downs Way walk was first organised by West Sussex County Council in 1980 as a one-off event to celebrate an anniversary of the Ramblers. Today, 34 years later, the event is as popular as ever. Although, naturally, much has changed – the trail is 20 miles longer now extending all the way to Winchester, and runs through the heart of Britain’s newest National Park – the only national trail contained within its own park boundaries.
We are delighted that the current organisers of this annual walk – Footprints of Sussex – have invited the South Downs Society to join them in walking the trail this year. Members of the Society can join the walk from 7th to 15th June, and receive a 10% discount simply by quoting their Society membership number.
Each day walkers are picked up by coach from one of four pick-up points, Shoreham, Worthing, Arundel or Chichester, and taken to the start of that day’s walk. Coaches depart regularly through the afternoon to return people to these points. Local farms, churches, pubs and an ice cream maker join in, providing refreshments along the way – a truly community event.
There are places still available at all the pick-up points; simply log in to www.southdownsway.com and join in the fun.