South Downs Christmas & New Year Guided Walking Holiday

Celebrate Christmas and New Year in the South Downs

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Activity types:

  • Free WiFi
  • Meadows & hills

Level

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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £779.00 - 5 to 6 nights

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Holiday overview

Highlights

  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Evening activities include dancing, quizzes, carol evenings and New Year celebrations
  • Cosy Country House and a special festive cheer

Price includes

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts
  • A programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
  • Any transport to and from the walks

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Abingworth Hall in the South Downs

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, Abingworth Hall is ideally located for a short break or a longer holiday. A peaceful ambiance and excellent facilities make it a relaxing place to stay. It offers great viewing for short or long strolls in the beautiful surrounding meadows.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Three comfortable lounges, the largest of which opens onto the attractive conservatory and bar
  • Large ballroom
  • Dining room
  • Free WiFi avaliable in some public rooms
  • Range of board games and books
  • Surrounded by eight acres of gardens
  • Putting green and croquet lawn
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool
    (open May to September) 

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

Dining

An example of Abingworth evening mealAll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

Abingworth Hall is generally accessible to wheelchair users and has a bedroom specifically designed for wheelchair access.

More details on Abingworth accessibility

Additional information 

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

Festive Walking at Abingworth

Our House Manager and leaders are busy putting together a unique programme of walks and social activities, and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday. 

The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. Typically, easier walks are up to a maximum of 8 miles (12km), medium walks are up to a maximum of 10 miles (16km), while harder walks can be up to a maximum of 12 miles (19km).

Scenic South Downs - Monday 24 December

View of the South Downs ridgeToday’s walks all head for the ancient market town of Steyning, a conservation area with more listed buildings on its High Street than almost any other town in the UK. The harder walk starts near Findon and works its way up the Downs to the Iron Age hill forts of Cissbury and Chanctonbury Rings. Starting from Washington, the medium walk also has the chance (depending upon weather and time) to see Cissbury Ring, while the easier walk pays a visit to Chanctonbury Ring.

Around Abingworth - Tuesday 25 December

Two pheasants in the snowThe immediate area around Abingworth Hall has some fine looking hamlets and villages like Thakeham, Warminghurst and West Chiltington. This is a great way to celebrate Christmas, why not wear your favourite jumper too!

Through Cowdray Park to Petworth - Wednesday 26 December

Exterior of Petworth HouseToday’s walks all finish at Petworth, a picturesque old town centred on Petworth House, built in 1688 and owned by the National Trust since 1947. The harder walk starts along a stretch of the River Rother to the west of Midhurst, passing through Cowdray Park with its ruins and polo grounds. The easier and medium walks follow some of the same route, the easier starting from the edge of Cowdray Park, the medium from the east side of Midhurst. 

Devil's Dyke and Ditchling Beacon - Thursday 27 December

Devil's DykeThe High Downs provide some of the best views along the whole of the South Downs Way. We’ll all see the impressive Devil’s Dyke, the starting point for our medium and harder walks which lead us through Pyecombe and along parts of the South Downs Way to end at Ditchling. Our easier walk, also ending at Ditchling, takes us past the distinctive ‘Jack’ and ‘Jill’ windmills overlooking Hassocks and Keymer.

Amberley and the South Downs - Friday 28 December

Winter scene - path and treesToday we start near the picturesque village of Amberley and walk back to Abingworth Hall. Our easier option follows field paths at the foot of the Downs, passing through the grounds of Parham House whilst the medium and hard options follow parts of the South Downs Way across the tops of the Downs.

Scenic South Downs - Sunday 30 December

South Downs WayToday’s walks all head for the ancient market town of Steyning, a conservation area with more listed buildings on its High Street than almost any other town in the UK. The harder walk starts near Findon and works its way up the Downs to the Iron Age hill forts of Cissbury and Chanctonbury Rings. Starting from Washington, the medium walk also has the chance (depending upon weather and time) to see Cissbury Ring, while the easier walk pays a visit to Chanctonbury Ring.

Through Cowdray Park to Petworth - Monday 31 December

Lake and parkland at PetworthToday’s walks all finish at Petworth, a picturesque old town centred on Petworth House, built in 1688 and owned by the National Trust since 1947. The harder walk starts along a stretch of the River Rother to the west of Midhurst, passing through Cowdray Park with its ruins and polo grounds. The easier and medium walks follow some of the same route, the easier starting from the edge of Cowdray Park, the medium from the east side of Midhurst.

Around Abingworth - Tuesday 1 January

Walk through snowy treesThe immediate area around Abingworth Hall has some fine looking hamlets and villages like Thakeham, Warminghurst and West Chiltington. A super way to start the New Year on one of the circular walks we have planned.

Devil's Dyke and Ditchling Beacon - Wednesday 2 January

Two Clayton windmillsThe High Downs provide an inspiring conclusion to your New Year break with some of the best views along the whole of the South Downs Way. We’ll all see the impressive Devil’s Dyke, the starting point for our medium and harder walks which lead us through Pyecombe and along parts of the South Downs Way to end at Ditchling. Our easier walk, also ending at Ditchling, takes us past the distinctive ‘Jack’ and ‘Jill’ windmills overlooking Hassocks and Keymer.

Local area

Discover Sussex and the South Downs

Abingworth Hall is situated amidst gentle rolling farmland at the foot of the South Downs.

The nearest facilities are in the village of Storrington, about two miles away. Here you’ll find a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and a bank.

During your stay at Abingworth Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Arundel Castle from the airArundel
The quaint town of Arundel, about 30 minutes' drive away, is dominated by its castle, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk. During your visit you may enjoy a walk in the Castle's extensive grounds, or beside the river Arun. www.arundelcastle.org

 

 

Frontage to Uppark HouseUppark House
Completely restored after an extensive fire, this stately National Trust property has ornate rooms and gardens. Uppark is around 50 minutes' drive from Abingworth. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/uppark

 

 

Brighton
The cosmopolitan seaside city of Brighton is about 40 minutes' drive from Abingworth Hall and has an excellent range of specialist shops, entertainment, and its famous beach. You may also enjoy a visit to the Royal Pavilion, built in the early 19th century by George IV. www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk

Amberley Working Museum
Just 15 minutes' drive from Abingworth Hall, this large open-air museum tells the industrial story of the downs, complete with a steam railway, vintage buses and restored quarry machinery. www.amberleymuseum.co.uk

Parham House
Just 10 to 15 minutes' drive away, Elizabethan Parham House  is surrounded by an extensive deer park. www.parhaminsussex.co.uk

Chichester
The historic cathedral city of Chichester, about 45 minutes' drive away, has plenty of interest. Just a couple of miles away is the fascinating Fishbourne Roman Palace, uncovered in 1960, which has many superb mosaics. www.chichestercathedral.org.uk or www.sussexpast.co.uk/fishbourne

Imposing stone fascade of Petworth HousePetworth House
A large late 17th century mansion, now run by the National Trust with extensive grounds that were landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown. Around 30 minutes' drive from Abingworth. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth-house

 

 

Historic Houses at museumWeald & Downland Museum
Located on the Downs, near the village of Singleton, this excellent open-air museum contains many restored buildings that bring the history of Sussex to life. These include a working watermill and a re-creation of a typical downland village. The museum is around 45 minutes' drive from Abingworth. www.wealddown.co.uk

 

Bluebell Railway
One of Britain’s premier steam railways with an impressive collection of 50 locomotives, representing the Southern Railway and its predecessors. The line runs through rolling countryside from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead, about 40 minutes' drive from Abingworth. www.bluebell-railway.co.uk

 

Uppark House and Petworth House image ©National Trust Images/John Miller

Travel

Travel to Abingworth

Our address is: Abingworth Hall, Storrington Road, Thakeham, West Sussex, RH20 3EF

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway station is at Pulborough. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 6 mile journey from Pulborough railway station takes approximately 15 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £14. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Abingworth Hall Manager.

Driving to us

By car:

For those with satellite navigation, enter the postcode RH20 3EF and Storrington Road if required.

From the M25 take either the A24 or the M23 and then the A264 towards Horsham. At the Great Daux roundabout go south on the A24 towards Worthing. Go straight over 2 roundabouts and then at the traffic light cross roads turn right onto the A272 signposted to Billingshurst and Petersfield. After 3 miles turn left onto the B2139 (The Selsey Arms on left). After 3.5 miles pass the turning for Thakeham on the left. After half a mile, Abingworth Hall is on the left, directly after the national speed limit signs.

From the M27 continue onto the A27 and around Chichester. At Fontwell Park roundabout take the first exit to continue on the A27 and at the next roundabout take the first exit on to the A29. After approx. 4 miles, at a roundabout, take the 2nd exit on to the B2139 to Storrington. At the mini roundabout in Storrington, take the 2nd exit onto the A283. Continue through Storrington and take the first exit at the mini roundabout by the Anchor Inn on to the B2139 towards Thakeham. Take the 2nd exit at the next mini roundabout and then take the 1st exit at next mini roundabout (by Steyning Grammar School). Continue down this road until you see 30mph signs. Abingworth Hall is just before these signs, on the right. 

Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

Abingworth is particularly convenient from London Gatwick Airport, which is served by a large range of long-haul and European flights.

From Gatwick Airport station there are trains every 30 minutes to Pulborough - journey time 40 minutes. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. From Pulborough station complete your journey to Abingworth by taxi (see above)

London Heathrow airport is a little further away, so you'll need to travel via the centre of London. Allow 2½ hours to get to Pulborough.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
23 Dec 2018 AWXFW - Festive Walking - Abingworth 6 £919.00 £919.00 Book Now
29 Dec 2018 AWXFW - Festive Walking - Abingworth 5 £779.00 £779.00 Book Now
22 Dec 2019 AWXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Abingworth 6 £945.00 £920.00 Save £25 per person Book Now
28 Dec 2019 AWXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Abingworth 5 £799.00 £799.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

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