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The South Downs Way is one of the National Trails and runs for about 106 miles from Eastbourne, over the white cliffs and green downland, to the statue of King Alfred in Winchester.

In June of each year Footprints of Sussex organise the annual walk which travels along the whole length of the route over 9 consecutive days. Around 200 people make the journey each year - sometimes in beautiful sunshine and sometimes in rain and, occasionally, under a mighty thunderstorm.

It is a great event and a fine opportunity for meeting new friends and renewing old friendships from the previous years. The feeling of camaraderie lasts a lifetime and many people do, indeed, return year after year.

The memories do not fade and walking the trail in either direction brings so much pleasure.

     Every day, whilst the annual walk has been in progress, a Walk Diary has been written which briefly recounts the events of that day.

     Since 2015 I have written a detailed Journal of the walk which fully describes what happened along every step of the way. From the comfort of any armchair it is certainly compulsive reading.

     There are Films which have been created from the many photographs taken and the soundtrack of each film reflects the feeling of the walk that year.

     Galleries of the Photographs will eventually appear and round up this section. It must be noted that, weather permitting, it is not possible to take a bad photograph on certain sections of the walk.

The 5th Annual South Downs Way Walk

9 - 17 June 2017      Eastbourne to Winchester

Raising funds for Cardiac Rehab Support West Sussex

Follow my progress in the SDW Diary


The walk is now over, the sore feet are slowly recovering.

My efforts in 2017 have raised a total of £60 for CRSWS.