Walk the South Downs Way Picture 1
Walk the South Downs Way Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  270

Dist:  170km

Min age:  18

Duration:  4

South Downs Way Trek

Trek Adventure

This Rockspring event is in aid of 3 charities; Whizz-Kidz, PIP and Macmillan. We will be walking the length of the South Downs Way starting by the King Alfred Statue in Winchester and finishing at Eastbourne Downs Golf Club.

Over the course of 4 days we will be walking the length of the South Downs way. The South Downs National Park is the UK's youngest National Park being created in 2010. This challenge reaches a maximum altitude of 270 metres, although our total elevation gain over the course of the 4 days will be over 3100 metres in 170km. Each day we will be completing a Marathon distance, across the rolling hills of this beautiful part of the UK. It's time to get training!



Tuesday 27th June

Arrive at pre event accommodation by 20:00

Event briefing, evening meal and early night

Wednesday 28th June - trek day 1 

(Winchester - Queen Elizabeth Country Park)

06:30 - Breakfast / depart accommodation by 07:00 

07:30 - Arrive beginning of walk (King Alfred Statue)

18:00 - Final walkers to be transferd to accommodation 

Tonights accommodation in hostel style in Portsmouth (25 minute transfer)

Thursday 29th June - trek day 2

(Queen Elizabeth Country Park - Amberley)

06:30 - Breakfast / depart accommodation by 07:00 

07:30 - Begin walk (Queen Elizabeth Country Park) 

18:00 - Final walkers to transfer to accommodation 

Tonights accommodation - split across variety of hotels/hostels, evening meal (for some) with cyclists 

Friday 30th June - trek day 3

(Amberley - House Dean Farm) 

06:30 - Breakfast / depart accommodation by 07:00 

07:30 - Begin walk (Amberley Station)

18:00 - Final walkers to transfer to accommodation 

Tonights accommodation is in the YHA in Brighton

Saturday 1st July - trek day 4

(House Dean Farm - Eastbourne Downs golf Cub)

06:30 - Breakfast / depart accommodation by 07:00 

07:30 - Begin walk Ditchling Beacon

17:00 - Arrive at Eastbourne Downs Golf Club 

Buffet and drinks available at Eastbourne Downs Golf Club


Route Map

What is a Level 4.5 Trekking Challenge Like?

You are now moving into the realms of serious challenges - where you are likely to encounter carrying loads, rough terrain, sleep deprivation, or high altitude. In any case - be prepared for an event which is going to take you to the limits of your comfort zone. Trekking days will be up to 13 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. The severity of the challenge may be magnified by various factors - as you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - i.e. using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, variable weather conditions and maybe camping - this forms a part of the challenge. You need to be in good shape to undertake any of these events, so you need to be training regularly. The height gain each day is greater than for level 3 - so expect plenty of hills!


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.5 ‘Trek’?

To participate in these events you need to be in good fitness. You enjoy taking exercise, and do it regularly (a couple of times a week minimum). You partake in several different types of activity, possibly including the gym, swimming, running, circuit training. You probably are capable of running up to 5 or 6 miles, but in a good steady speed (around 9-10 minute miles). If you do not run - you should be regularly undertaking challenging walks or other strenuous exercise. You should be comfortable walking 18-20 miles in the English lowland countryside.


Included In Trip

4 nights accommodation + breakfasts

4 packed lunches

4 dinners (Winchester, Portsmouth, Arundel, Brighton) 

Transfers to from walk start / finish and accommodation

Adventure Cafe support crew

Support vehicle 

Baggage transfers

Pre event support


Excluded From Trip

Transport to / from the begin / end of the event

Drinks with evening meals


Safety Information

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.



Be prepared for the full spectrum of weathers - the weather at this time of year is usually warm and stable. With any luck we shall have blue skies each day. Although we should come prepared for colder days, and of course rain and wind too.


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Guide price

Price on Application



This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information


Event Location

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