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Eastbourne to Alfriston by the South Downs Way
Introduction to Walk 3516

Photo from the walk - Eastbourne to Alfriston by the South Downs Way

Nat Park - South Downs

County/Area - East Sussex

Author - Barry Mackie

Length - 12.5 miles / 20.3 km

Ascent - 2350 feet / 712 metres

Time - 8 hours 40 minutes

Grade - mod/hard

This is the first section of the South Downs National Trail that extends from Eastbourne, a popular seaside resort in East Sussex, to Winchester, the ancient capital of Britain, in Hampshire. The cliff top walk with its dramatic views is recognised as the finest of its type in South East England. A GPS File is available for download (see walk description).


 

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Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

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