We are currently walking the South Downs Way in sections.
Eastbourne -> Alfriston (20km ??)
The walk starts with a little uphill until you are on top of the cliffs and continue over the Seven Sisters with views of the lighthouses, sea and drops!
The trail goes two ways out from Eastbourne. One following the coast line on the South and one circling Northwards. We took the South route however the Long Man of Wilmington can apparently be seen on the North trail.
The trail joins up with the Cuckmere river and follows it away from the coast to Exceat and on to Alfriston.
There is a Youth Hostel in Alfriston with meals (mostly home cooked) and bunk rooms. Very clean and friendly. Alfriston is about 10 minutes walk (need a torch at night) and has some more expensive eating places/pubs/shop.
Alfriston -> Southease -> Lewes (slightly off trail) (15km ??)
The trail leads out from Alfriston and on to another ridge with good views over Glynde and Lewes.
Finally it descends in to Southease where there is a railway station (hourly trains to Lewes) but no pub or shop!
We walked along the river a further 4-5km in to Lewes, a nice path with good views of the ridge just walked. From Lewes it is a 20 minute train journey to Eastbourne.
The path in to Lewes, we must have been expected(!):
Back to Eastbourne: