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Best trails in South Downs National Park

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Looking for a great trail in South Downs National Park, West Sussex? AllTrails has 289 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 186 moderate trails in South Downs National Park ranging from 3.4 to 160.5 km and from 7 to 329 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

South Down National Park is one of the UK's newest national parks and is a popular destination year round. The national park covers the chalk hills of the South Downs (which on the English Channel coast form the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head) and a substantial part of a separate physiographic region, the western Weald, with its heavily wooded sandstone and clay hills and vales. The South Downs Way spans the entire length of the park and is the only National Trail that lies wholly within a national park. The park also offers stunning views, walking and many opportunities for cycling.

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Map of trails in South Downs National Park
Park information
Area:
162,651 hectares
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Top trails (289)
#1 - Wessex 100 Circular Walk
South Downs National Park
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Length: 160.5 km • Est. Multi-day
Wessex 100 Circular Walk is a 160.5 kilometer loop trail located near Alton, Hampshire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, wShow more
#2 - Seaford to Eastbourne
South Downs National Park
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Length: 22.7 km • Est. 6 h 50 m
Seaford to Eastbourne is a 22.7 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Seaford, East Sussex, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used forShow more
#3 - Arundel River Walk
South Downs National Park
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Length: 11.6 km • Est. 3 h 32 m
Arundel River Walk is a 11.6 kilometer loop trail located near Arundel, West Sussex, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, ruShow more
#4 - Seven Sisters and Friston Forest Circular Walk
South Downs National Park
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Length: 14.2 km • Est. 4 h 17 m
This circular walk takes in the natural beauty of Seven Sisters and Birling Gap. Follow the path through the Friston Forest. to complete your loop.Show more
#5 - Arundel to Amberley Walk
South Downs National Park
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Length: 19.6 km • Est. 6 h 6 m
The route has a few climbs and descents including a long climb over the South Downs ridge. Almost all the paths can be muddy and in the wetter months the South Downs are often thick with chalky clayShow more
#6 - Devil's Dyke and Poynings Walk
South Downs National Park
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Length: 4.3 km • Est. 1 h 27 m
A circular walk taking in Devil’s Dyke, the South Downs Way and the small village of Poynings. There are stunning panoramic views as you explore the longest, deepest and widest dry valley in the UK. Show more
#7 - Seven Sisters
South Downs National Park
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Length: 11.7 km • Est. 3 h 31 m
Walk from Birling Gap along the chalky cliff tops of the Seven Sisters. Follow the South Downs Way along the cliffs to Exceat. This moderately challenging walk between the South Downs and the sea offeShow more
#8 - Lewes Circular
South Downs National Park
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Length: 24.6 km • Est. 7 h 42 m
This South Downs hike around Lewes, including mount Cadburn, offers incredible views.Show more
#9 - Liss and Hawkey
South Downs National Park
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Length: 24.3 km • Est. 8 h 4 m
Liss and Hawkey is a 24.3 kilometer loop trail located near Liss, Hampshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and naturShow more
#10 - Houghton Forest and Bignor Hill Circular Route
South Downs National Park
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Length: 8.7 km • Est. 2 h 50 m
A round walk in West Sussex, starting on the Monarch's Way and returning on the South Downs Way. The walk is hilly, but there are no stiles on the walk and no sheep or cattle were encountered. The staShow more
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