Paddle the South Downs

South Downs National Park

The experience

Submerse yourself in the South Downs National Park by exploring it on water. Join a kayaking adventure surrounded by the area’s true beauty, with flower-rich chalk grassland and wildfowl. Paddle past plenty of wildlife away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and get a different perspective on the historic and classically English village of Alfriston or Sussex’s beautiful county town of Lewes. There are some unusual sights on each trip – look for the chalk figure of a horse cut into the land or llamas, alpacas and a crocodile!

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The Kayak Coach Ltd.

  • A choice of 2 expert-led kayak adventures on the South Downs waterways: Lewes to Hamsey Trip (LHT) or Cuckmere Valley to Alfriston Trip (CVT)
  • A unique way to appreciate the stunning local scenery, flora and fauna
  • Get close to nature and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life

The detail

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LHT trip: 2 - 2.5 hours CVT trip: 3.5 - 4 hours

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Group size

LHT trip: 2 - 8 (age 12+), CVT trip: 2 - 8 (age 14+)

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Cost per person

LHT trip – £40 CVT trip – £45

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Fitness level

All fitness levels catered for.

Parking Facilities

Large car park for cars and minibuses. (Cuckmere Valley trip suitable for coach parking) £4 per car.

Refreshments and meals

None provided.

Special equipment needed

Wet-suit or warm layers to paddle in (wool/ fleece material best for cold days). Sunscreen for hot days. Bring a drink/ snack.


Most days during Spring, Summer & Autumn Weekends only during Winter.

Accessibility considerations and facilities

Not accessible for all due to physical nature of kayaking.


Moderate English required to fully appreciate the experience.

Group information

  • Tour operator rate
  • Ad hoc group rate
  • Tour series rate
South Downs

South Downs National Park

Known as the ‘gateway to England’, this landscape of rolling hills, ancient woodland and picture perfect villages holds the secrets of thousands of years of settlement from prehistory to Caesar’s conquering forces.