South Downs Way - 100 miles


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Trail stats

102.45 mi
Elevation gain
9,239 ft
Technical difficulty
Elevation loss
9,370 ft
Max elevation
806 ft
66 5
Min elevation
-4 ft
Trail type
One Way
one day 6 hours 17 minutes
May 16, 2016
May 2016
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806 ft
-4 ft
102.45 mi

near Winchester, England (United Kingdom)

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Itinerary description

Cycling the South Downs Way, from Winchester to Eastbourne, 100 miles in 2 days.

Fantastic route, 160 km of bridleways in South East England, a great surprise. In fact, much better than expected.

The ride was harder than expected as well... not because of its length or technical difficulty, but due to its 3,800 m of ascent, some of them quite steep (needed to dismount several times).

With a maximum height of 245 meters above sea level, how is it possible to climb so many meters in such a narrow band? The answer is simple, the whole trail is a huge roller coaster. Every time you cross a river or a major road, you know what comes next!

- First day, from Winchester station to Truleigh Hill youth hostel, right on the South Downs Way, 104 km - 2,400 m - 11 hours

- Second day, from the youth hostel to Eastbourne station, following the bridleway route through Jevington, 61 km - 1,400 m - 7 hours

The time needed to complete the South Downs Way will depend on many factors, such as your fitness level, type of bike, weight carried, surface condition, wind direction, punctures, diversions... In my case it turned out to be quite longer than what I had "calculated" beforehand, and I guess the same thing has happened to other people as well.

Everything regarding the South Downs Way is very well explained at:

The best advice given there may be this one:

"It is also worth remembering that except for a few exceptions most pubs, cafes and shops are off the Trail, therefore you should take some snacks and drink with you to ensure you don’t get caught out."

To be repeated!


PictographRisk Altitude 335 ft

A24, dangerous crossing

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Eastbourne Rail Station

Eastbourne Station Terminus Road Eastbourne, E.SUSSEX, BN21 3, GBR

PictographProvisioning Altitude 393 ft
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Farm shop

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PictographWaypoint Altitude 696 ft
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PictographProvisioning Altitude 355 ft
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Meon Springs

PictographIntersection Altitude 15 ft
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No cliffs for riders

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Alfriston, pubs and shops

PictographProvisioning Altitude 0 ft
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Queen Elizabeth Country Park

PictographBridge Altitude 3 ft
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River Adur

PictographBridge Altitude 0 ft
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River Arun

PictographBridge Altitude 16 ft

River Cuckmere

PictographBridge Altitude 201 ft
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River Meon

PictographBridge Altitude 3 ft
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River Ouse

PictographTrain stop Altitude 6 ft
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Southease Rail Station

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PictographIntersection Altitude 394 ft

Repair works, diversion

PictographFountain Altitude 512 ft
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Drinking water 1

PictographFountain Altitude 9 ft
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Drinking water n

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Winchester Rail Station

Winchester Station Station Hill Winchester, HANTS, SO23 8, GBR

PictographMountain hut Altitude 611 ft
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YHA Truleigh Hill

Comments  (5)

  • Photo of soruman
    soruman Jun 22, 2016

    Menudo rutón!

    Y muy completa descripción,Hace tiempo que tenía pensado hacerla. A ver si lío a alguien para que me acompañe, je,je.
    Por lo visto hay gente por aquí que se la hace en una sola etapa y del tirón. Mucha tela me parece a mi para un sólo día aunque estemos en forma...

    Un saludo

  • Photo of alfredodeandres
    alfredodeandres Jun 23, 2016

    Pues sí, un rutón, y de lo más bonito, la verdad. Si quieres hacerla en un día igual te interesa ir este16 de julio que lo organiza la British Heart Foundation, siempre motiva ver a más gente sufriendo como tú! Y si no, en dos días se disfruta mucho...

  • Hubert Aug 16, 2016

    I have donne this Trail in may this Year and I LinkedIn It very much.
    Realy beautifull.
    Hubert Watine from Cergy Near Paris.

  • Photo of musclesue
    musclesue Jun 6, 2018

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Hilly , chalky in places, area around Winchester hill can be muddy, great trail though , do it over a few days to make it a jolly, do it in a day for a real challenge

  • Photo of Chanlibel گردنه مه آلود
    Chanlibel گردنه مه آلود Oct 5, 2021

    nice route and trail

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