Why not set out in the early morning sunshine with an autumn mist filling the valleys below?
Or spend a day with the kids in its western woods, spotting butterflies and hunting out the many geocaches secreted along its path.
It has been guiding cyclists and walkers through some of the finest countryside between Winchester, the first capital of England, and the white chalk cliffs at Eastbourne for many years.
If you're looking for attractive wildlife, visible prehistory, fine pubs and pretty villages, or if you just fancy a challenge, the South Downs Way is a great choice.
Whoever you are, there are countless ways to enjoy this trail and all that it connects.
It is the central thread running through the patchwork of culture and nature that is the South Downs National Park.
This walk starts from the market town of Petersfield and heads south along the Hangers Way through Buriton, rejoining the South Downs Way at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
The majority of the path is a bridleway and so can be used by horseriders and cyclists too.
This walk climbs onto the downs, passing through beautiful open country side to the city of Winchester, the western end of the South Downs Way.
Winchester is a beautiful city with a lot to see, including the Cathedral.
It is also the only National Trail to lie entirely within a National Park.
Stretching from the ancient cathedral city of Winchester in the west, first capital of England, through to the white chalky cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head at Eastbourne in the east, almost all of its stunning 160 kilometre length is blissfully off-road Today the South Downs Way offers inspiration and escape as we follow in their footsteps, whether ambling on an after-lunch stroll or rising to the challenge to walk, run or ride it over several days.