The South Downs Way is a 100 mile National Trail that runs from the countryside of Winchester, England's first capital, to the white cliffs at Eastbourne. It's a dazzling walk with far-reaching views over the English Channel and the Sussex Weald, following old routes and droveways along the stunning chalk ridges of the South Downs. The underfoot  conditions of the grasslands are excellent, even during wet weather. The landscape supports a marvellous variety of flora, butterflies and birds of prey. For more info. about this stunning area we recommend visiting the South Downs National Park Trust website.

The Challenge

Challenge your fundraisers to take on the South Downs Way and raise money for your charity. Depending on your target demographic, choose your preferred distance - from 25km all the way to the full 100 miles. Your team can strive to complete it in a gruelling 24hrs, or take a more leisurely pace and spread it over a few days with catering and accomodation provided.

This is your event. You can choose an off-the-shelf package or have it tailored to fit your specific needs. Based on your brief, we'll develop a bespoke itinerary and organise the necessary support structure to help your fundraisers complete the challenge.

The event can take one of two forms:

Guided

In this option, your fundraisers will walk the trail as one or multiple teams with our experienced mountain leaders. This is ideal for small to medium sized group who want to take on a real challenge but aren't familiar with the South Downs. Our trained instructors will support your fundraising team in several ways:

  • Delivering a safety briefing before the event.
  • Engaging the team with information on the history, geology and ecology of the area.
  • Setting the pace for the group.
  • Stepping in to troubleshoot any issues.
  • Boosting the team's morale and ensuring everyone gets to the finish line smiling.

To cater for different abilities, the teams are usually split by walking speed with separate mountain leaders.

A support vehicle will meet the teams at regular checkpoints throughout the walk to grab supplies and spare gear.

Unguided

In this event, each fundraiser will progress individually or in small teams along the South Downs Way along a self-guided route. This is ideal for larger fundraising events with a broad range of skills and fitness levels.

Our trained mountain leaders will set up checkpoints at regular intervals where participants can check their progress and pick up essential supplies.

During the challenge you will be provided with

  • Experienced mountain leaders
  • Minibus driver
  • Pick up from Brighton (other locations in the South East can be arranged)
  • Accomodation options are available
  • Various catering options are available.
  • FREE T-Shirt
Information

Season

April-October

Duration

24hrs to 3 days (depending on the challenge you choose.

Group Size

6-100+

Restrictions

Minimum age: 18 25km: A reasonable level of fitness is required. 50km: A good level of fitness is required. 100km: A high level of fitness is required.

Groups

Price starting from £80pp

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Itinerary

Duration

It will depend on the package you choose Group Size Maximum of 12 per walking group / minibus.

Group Size

Maximum of 12 per walking group / minibus

South Down Challenge Stats

Total Distance 100 Miles.

Mountain Leaders

If you decide to have a guided trip, you will be led by an experienced instructor who holds mountain leader qualification and has experience of the South Down Way and/or other endurance challenges. All of our group leaders are wilderness first aid trained and will be in radio communication with the support team.

Support Team

The support team's job is to provide moral support (don’t underestimate this!) They will also provide back up mountain’ safety to the mountain leaders if required. Training for the South Down Way Challenge We provide a full training pack to ensure that you are well prepared for your challenge. This includes a fitness training program put together by our very own fitness instructors and endurance specialists, plus important information on walking, boots, clothing and equipment, and the best places to buy them from.

You can also attend our mountain training days, held in the Brecon Beacons which will give you the opportunity to try out your equipment, break in your boots and test your fitness.

Challenge Teams

Depending on the size of the event we will divide you into groups of 12 for the duration of the challenge. You will be able to choose your group (depending on your fitness level and mountain walking experience).

Fundraising for Charity

If you are trying to raise money for a charity then we are more than happy to have you on the challenge, however you will still need to pay the event fee in the normal way. If you are looking to organise a charity challenge with a large group then please contact us for more information.

Conservation and South Downs Way

Every year thousands of people walk the South Downs Way. At Hatt Adventures we are very aware of the environmental impact this is having which is why we run our challenges in a responsible way. We ensure that all our clients are fully briefed on the environmental impact the events can have on the Hills and how to minimise them. We also only run small events, thus reducing our impact on the trails.

Locations

The South Downs in Sussex.

Equipment

Equipment supplied

All hill walking safety equipment supplied

Equipment needed

Walking boots / approach shoes, small rucksack (25 litres), waterproof top and trousers, fleece or warm top, hat and gloves, whistle, head torch, water bottles (min of 1.5lts). We will provide you with a full kit list upon booking.

Transport

Pick up and drop off points: Brighton (Train Station), or another location of your choice (close to Brighton)

Accommodation

Accommodation option available on request.

Catering

Various catering options are available.