The South Downs Way crosses south-east England between Winchester and Eastbourne. Direct connection with the rail network is quite sketchy, with just two stations between the termini of the route. Amberley is the closest station to the half-way point 77km from Winchester and 99km from Eastbourne. A three-way split would probably involve breaks at Pyecombe (for Brighton) and Cocking Hill (for Chichester).
Winchester is the western terminus of the route. It is 77km between Winchester and Amberley with limited opportunities to break off by public transport.
Amberley station is on the line between Horsham and Arundel. It is 77km between Winchester and Amberley, and 57km between Amberley and Southease: this central section has reasonable bus links as it crosses the valleys of rivers which flow south.
Southease station is on the line between Lewes and Seaford. It is 57km between Amberley and Southease (with reasonable bus links), and 31km between Southease and Eastbourne (taking the coastal route via Beachy Head), with only one intermediate bus link at Exceat. The highlight of this section is the switchback clifftop walk (Seven Sisters).
Eastbourne is the eastern terminus of the route. It is 31km between Eastbourne and Southease by the coastal route via Beachy Head.
The stations above are on the route of the South Downs Way. By using bus links to and from the path, a more extensive list of stations is brought on board.