The South Downs Way national trail is an impressive 100 miles long, and if you want to truly get away from it all and experience coastal views as you go then walk this way. The trail runs the entire length of the national park and follows the same routes as the old drove ways, and it rises and falls with the chalk ridges of the South Downs.
Thanks to its position along a chalk ridge the trail tends to drain and dry out swiftly after rainfall, so it’s a good route to explore pretty much all year round, and as you’ll have already guessed its height means those who walk it are rewarded with uninterrupted views across the Channel and all the way to the Isle of Wight.
Dogs are welcome along the whole of The South Downs Way, and most sections will take you to one of the park’s picturesque villages or welcoming pubs so it’s easy to plot a trail and make a day of it. Don’t worry if it’s been too long since you navigated the family with a map, the whole route’s clearly signposted and one of the best things about it is that you can choose to walk as little or as far as you feel like.