One of England's official national trails, the South Downs Way runs from Winchester to Eastbourne, beginning somewhat inland and then gravitating along the southern coast. Primarily used by cyclists, horses, and walkers, this 160 km (99 mile) trek leads from fertile river valleys in the west to the chalk cliffs and unique rock formations to the east.
A highlight of the walk is the area from Beachy Head to the Seven Sisters, a range of majestic, must-see cliffs on the coast. You'll also have superlative views from hills along the trail at Ditchling Beacon and Butser Hill. The South Downs is also a stellar spot from which to access the many small, sleepy towns in the counties of Hampshire and East Sussex; you may also take advantage of nearly twenty camping sites and the substantially higher number of b&b's and hotels in proximity of the trail. You won't see many international tourists along the South Downs Way, but you'll find plenty of authenticity in the people and exhilarating landscapes. Good luck finding such a thing two hours away in London.
Location:Winchester to Eastbourne
Note:The location on our map is approximate.