The purpose of this Brighton and Hove U3A Guide to the South Downs Way is: 
    • To show how  groups of U3A members completed the 100-mile National Trail from Winchester to Eastbourne in a series of weekly day-walks in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018.
    • To share our experience so others who might be encouraged to give it a go
winchester guildhall start
Ready to start at Winchester Guild Hall September 2013 – click to enlarge

In the Autumn of 2013 nine Brighton and Hove U3A members  set off from Winchester with a view to covering the whole 100-mile South Downs Way in a series of 10 weekly day-walks.  In fact we managed it in 9 walks (usually between 10 and 13 miles per walk)  and completed by the end of October.  Click here for details of the 2013 walks

Walking from Eastbourne to Winchester September 2014 – click photo to enlarge

And in 2014, 2015 and 2018 we did it again in the other direction, this time relying mostly on public transport to get to and from weekly walks. And this way round we did it in 8  walks.  Click here to follow our 2014 walk .

And in September 2021 we are  doing it again.
See details here

Music: Walk the Road by Kate Rusby from the CD Make the Light. Click here for lyrics

If you have any comments or questions, or would like to add your  experiences of the SDW to this site,  or join us on our next walk, please contact us here.