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7 Night South Downs Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided walking
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £919pp £483pp

A landscape of chalky cliffs, high-backed hills, ancient woodland, hidden valleys, and dramatic coastline so deserving of its National Park status finally bestowed in 2010, the South Downs has always been a siren call for walkers. Perfect for those seeking the charm of the English countryside, this holiday rewards with breathtaking trails, big-name historic attractions, picturesque villages, market towns, comfortable accommodation, and so much more.

What you’ll love

  • Discovering the stunning landscape of the South Downs on foot
  • Keeping your eyes peeled for rare wildlife and grazing animals
  • Soaking up views of the coast, cliffs, and rolling countryside 
  • Spending time with like-minded people in the great outdoors
  • Finding new routes and places to explore with your HF Holidays Leader
  • Staying a skip away from Thakeham at the foot of the South Downs

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Cream tea on arrival day
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning
  • Daily packed lunches
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee
  • Guided walking with experienced HF Holidays Leaders
  • Choice of up to three different-grade daily walks
  • All transport to and from walks where necessary
  • Easy-to-follow routes, maps, and information in our Discovery Point if you want to explore independently

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

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You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Cootham & Storrington

Distance: 6½miles (11km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: We walk along the ridge to the west of the house and then south to Storrington. There will be time to explore Storrington and possibly visit a teashop before we return through fields to the house.

Highlight: Explore picturesque Storrington, gateway to the South Downs.

Option 2 - Washington, Sullington & Storrington

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In summary: Walking south from the house, we cross Heath Common and Washington Common to reach the village of Washington. We return along a section of the South Downs Way and then descend into Storrington – with the opportunity for refreshment. We return through fields to the house.

Highlight: The wonderful story behind the history of the Sanctuary.

Option 3 - Washington & Chanctonbury Ring

Distance: 13½ miles (22km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: Walking south from the house, we cross Heath Common and Washington Common to reach the village of Washington. Continuing  east we ascend onto the South Downs Way ridge and Chanctonbury Ring before returning to Washington to follow field paths via Storrington then back to the house.

Highlight: Chanctonbury Ring, a prehistoric hill fort atop Chanctonbury Hill.


Option 1 - Cowdray Park and Petworth

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

In summary: Walk from the northern edge of the polo grounds of Cowdray Park, through attractive woodland and fields to Petworth. Here you can visit Petworth House or take an optional walk around the surrounding parkland.

Highlight: Our walk passes by the National Trust's Petworth House - this grand property was built by the Duke of Somerset in the late 17th Century in the style of Versailles.

Option 2 - Midhurst to Petworth

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In summary: Follow the valley of the river Rother from the historic town of Midhurst to the ruins of Cowdray Park and the famous polo ground. We continue to Petworth where there may be time to walk around Petworth Park or to visit the house.

Highlight: The extensive grounds of Petworth House were landscaped by 'Capability' Brown and captured on canvas by JMW Turner. The park is currently home to England's largest herd of Fallow Deer.

Option 3 - Stedham to Petworth - Through the Rother Valley

Distance: 11½ miles (18km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In summary: This longer route to Petworth begins from Stedham with a walk along the Rother Valley to Stedham Mill. Upon reaching Cowdray Park, our route follows that of the two shorter walks to Petworth.

Highlight: Discover the fascinating history of Cowdray House - the former home of the Montague family, was built in 1542 and largely destroyed by fire in 1793.


Discover more about Abingworth Hall and the local area for ideas on how to make the most of your free day.


Option 1 - Shipley and Knepp Estate

Distance: 6.5 miles (11km)

Ascent: 350 feet (100m)

In summary: From the village of Dial Post we walk through the south western part of the Knepp Estate where a pioneering re-wildling project has been in progress since 2001. The estate is now home to a diverse range of species and is the only place in the UK where white storks nest and breed. Grazing animals you may see include Tamworth pigs, longhorn cattle and three species of deer - red, roe and fallow. We continue to the village of Shipley with its beautifully restored windmill and ancient church before exploring the eastern part of the Knepp Estate.

Highlight: Shipley - this historic village was first mentioned in the Domesday Book. It has a beautifully restored windmill.

Option 2 - Knepp Estate

Distance: 10.5 miles (16.5km)

Ascent: 350 feet (100m)

In summary: From Dial Post we walk to the south western edge of the Knepp Estate. In 2001 the Knepp Estate started a re-wilding project to turn farmland back into a natural habitat. The area is now home to an astonishing variety of species including rare birds such as nightingales and turtle doves. It is also home to the UK's only wild population of white storks which come here to breed in the summer months. While walking here you may also see many different grazing animals. We follow some of Knepp's walking trails and can explore different tree platforms and the bird hide before returning to Dial Post.

Highlight: Exploring the Knepp Estate where there is a pioneering re-wilding project in progress.

Option 3 - Shipley, Knepp Estate and Warminghurst

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 590 feet (210m)

In summary: We follow the same route as the option 2 and having explored some of Knepp's walking trails we return to Abingworth Hall through open countryside via the village of Warminghurst.

Highlight: Taking time to explore the Knepp Estate’s footpaths, tree platforms and bird hide.


Option 1 - Thakeham, Warminghurst & Ashington

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: We walk to the nearby village of Thakeham and then, via Warminghurst church, across fields to Ashington. We return via woodland to the House.

Highlight: The gentle stroll through the woodland at the end of the walk.

Option 2 - Pulborough Brooks & Parham Park

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 500 feet (160m)

In summary: We walk along the ridge to the west of the House and continue west to the RSPB reserve at Pulborough – and the opportunity for refreshment. We continue south to the western entrance to Parham Park. We stroll through the Park to Cootham – with the opportunity for refreshment at The Crown. We return through fields to the House.

Highlight: The opportunity to see local birds at the reserve.

Option 3 - Parham Park & Amberley

Distance: 13½ miles (22km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (340m)

In summary: We walk along the ridge to the west of the house and then south to Cootham. We continue south to ascend onto the South Downs Way ridge and then west to Amberley, before returning through lovely Parham Park to the House.

Highlight: Parham House is a fine Elizabethan residence, surrounded by an extensive deer park.


Option 1 - Seven Sisters

Distance: 6.5 miles (10km)

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In summary: Starting at Friston church, we walk south to reach the chalk cliffs near Birling Gap, before walking along the Seven Sisters coastal path to Cuckmere Haven. 

Highlight: Take time to savour the outstanding coastal scenery then gaze down from the final 'sister' over the River Cuckmere as it meanders gracefully towards the sea.

Option 2 - Beachy Head & Seven Sisters

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

In summary: Follow the South Downs Way from above Eastbourne to Beachy Head. We then follow the glorious coastal path past the Belle Tout lighthouse and over the Seven Sisters to Cuckmere Haven.

Highlight: Look out for the Belle Tout lighthouse, now a private residence. In 1999 it was carefully jacked 17 metres inland, away from the rapidly eroding cliff edge.

Option 3 - Eastbourne & Seven Sisters

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,550 feet (460m)

In summary: We begin with a promenade from Eastbourne Pier to the start of the South Downs Way. Following the walk up to Beachy Head, we continue along the same route as the medium walk to Cuckmere Haven. 

Highlight: Enjoy magnificent sea views as we walk atop the iconic chalk cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters - a memorable day of breathtaking scenery.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


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You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Amberley & Parham Park

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 450 feet (140m)

In summary: Walk through the fields at the foot of the Downs from the picturesque village of Amberley back to Abingworth Hall, passing through the grounds of Parham House.

Highlight: Parham House is a fine Elizabethan residence, surrounded by an extensive deer park.

Option 2 - Amberley & The South Downs

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In summary: Walk from Amberley beside the River Arun, then follow the South Downs Way atop the Downs as far as Kithurst Hill. From here we descend through the fields to Abingworth Hall.

Highlight: Soak up the views from Rackham Hill where the panorama stretches north over the hills and woodland of the Weald, and south towards the English Channel.

Option 3 - Amberley & The South Downs Way

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

In summary: Discover the peaceful River Arun then head along the top of the Downs following the South Downs Way as far as Barnsfarm Hill. Our route then turns north, crossing Washington Common, to return to Abingworth Hall.

Highlight: The chalk downlands are a rich habitat for wild flowers. Look out for rare orchids and Common Blue butterflies.


Option 1 - Clayton Windmills

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In summary: Ascend to Clayton Windmills on the crest of the Downs. We'll follow the South Downs Way over Ditchling Beacon, then descend the escarpment to Ditchling village.

Highlight: We'll pass the iconic Clayton Windmills. 'Jill' is a a wooden post mill from 1822, whilst 'Jack' is a brick tower mill from 1864.

Option 2 - Devil's Dyke

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Ascent: 1,000 feet (320m)

In summary: Walk atop the Downs from Devil's Dyke to Ditchling Beacon, following the South Downs Way for much of the walk.

Highlight: Devil's Dyke is a natural valley high on the Downs. It's hard to imagine that this peaceful beauty spot was once a Victorian tourist attraction complete with a railway, observatory and cable-car.

Option 3 - Devil's Dyke to Ditchling

Distance: 11½ miles (18.5km)

Ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

In summary: A longer walk from Devil's Dyke to Ditchling. We'll take in the the summits of Newtimber Hill and Wolstonbury Hill before rejoining the South Downs Way near the Clayton Windmills.

Highlight: Ditchling Beacon is the highest point in East Sussex and enjoys a commanding view south over the English Channel.


Discover more about Abingworth Hall and the local area for ideas on how to make the most of your free day.


Option 1 - River and Hills at Arundel

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

In summary: A circular walk takes us through the landscaped grounds of Arundel Park to the pretty hamlet of South Stoke, returning alongside the River Arun.

Highlight: At the end of the walk there's time to explore historic Arundel with its impressive cathedral and Norman castle, the seat of the Duke of Norfolk.

Option 2 - Arun Valley Circuit

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 800 feet (260m)

In summary: A circular route which begins through Arundel Park. After crossing the River Arun, we'll continue through open countryside to the village of Burpham, before returning alongside the river to Arundel. 

Highlight: The Arun Valley is a haven for a variety of wintering wildfowl. You may also see Lapwings, Redshanks and Snipes.

Option 3 - Over the Downs to Arundel

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In summary: Follow the South Downs Way along the crest of the Downs to Rackham Hill and Kithurst Hill. From here we descend onto the lower slopes and head to Arundel along the Monarch's Way.

Highlight: Enjoy great views of Arundel as we descend from the Downs towards the Arun Valley. The Monarch's Way follows the route of King Charles II as he made his escape from the Battle of Worcester.


Option 1 - Hurston Place & Nutbourne Common

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 450 feet (140m)

In summary: We walk along the ridge to the west of the house to Hurston Place and then across West Sussex golf course to Nutbourne Common. We continue, eastwards, via West Chiltington to return to the house.

Highlight: Walking along the West Sussex Literary Trail.

Option 2 - Pulborough Brooks, Nutbourne & West Chiltington

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In summary: We walk along the ridge to the west of the House and continue west to the RSPB reserve at Pulborough. We then head north, across Pulborough Brooks meadows, to Pulborough village. We continue east to the villages of Nutbourne and West Chiltington, to return to the house.

Highlight: The nature reserve at Pulborough Brooks is not to be missed.

Option 3 - Pulborough and Nutbourne

Distance: 11½ miles (18km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In summary: We walk along the ridge to the west of the house and continue west to the RSPB reserve at Pulborough – and the opportunity for refreshments. We then head north, across Pulborough Brooks meadows, to Pulborough village. We continue north eventually to reach West Chiltington and return to the house.

Highlight: Take in wonderful countryside views and picturesque villages.


Option 1 - Seven Sisters

Distance: 6.5 miles (10km)

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In summary: Starting at Friston church, we walk south to reach the chalk cliffs near Birling Gap, before walking along the Seven Sisters coastal path to Cuckmere Haven. 

Highlight: Take time to savour the outstanding coastal scenery then gaze down from the final 'sister' over the River Cuckmere as it meanders gracefully towards the sea.

Option 2 - Beachy Head & Seven Sisters

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

In summary: Follow the South Downs Way from above Eastbourne to Beachy Head. We then follow the glorious coastal path past the Belle Tout lighthouse and over the Seven Sisters to Cuckmere Haven.

Highlight: Look out for the Belle Tout lighthouse, now a private residence. In 1999 it was carefully jacked 17 metres inland, away from the rapidly eroding cliff edge.

Option 3 - Eastbourne & Seven Sisters

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,550 feet (460m)

In summary: We begin with a promenade from Eastbourne Pier to the start of the South Downs Way. Following the walk up to Beachy Head, we continue along the same route as the medium walk to Cuckmere Haven. 

Highlight: Enjoy magnificent sea views as we walk atop the iconic chalk cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters - a memorable day of breathtaking scenery.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


See Dates, Prices & Trip Note tab to check which itinerary is running

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Thakeham, Warminghurst & Ashington

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: We walk to the nearby village of Thakeham and then, via Warminghurst church, across fields to Ashington. We return via woodland to the House.

Highlight: The gentle stroll through the woodland at the end of the walk.

Option 2 - Pulborough Brooks & Parham Park

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 500 feet (160m)

In summary: We walk along the ridge to the west of the House and continue west to the RSPB reserve at Pulborough – and the opportunity for refreshment. We continue south to the western entrance to Parham Park. We stroll through the Park to Cootham – with the opportunity for refreshment at The Crown. We return through fields to the House.

Highlight: The opportunity to see local birds at the reserve.

Option 3 - Parham Park & Amberley

Distance: 13½ miles (22km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (340m)

In summary: We walk along the ridge to the west of the house and then south to Cootham. We continue south to ascend onto the South Downs Way ridge and then west to Amberley, before returning through lovely Parham Park to the House.

Highlight: Parham House is a fine Elizabethan residence, surrounded by an extensive deer park.


Option 1 - Seven Sisters

Distance: 6.5 miles (10km)

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In summary: Starting at Friston church, we walk south to reach the chalk cliffs near Birling Gap, before walking along the Seven Sisters coastal path to Cuckmere Haven. 

Highlight: Take time to savour the outstanding coastal scenery then gaze down from the final 'sister' over the River Cuckmere as it meanders gracefully towards the sea.

Option 2 - Beachy Head & Seven Sisters

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

In summary: Follow the South Downs Way from above Eastbourne to Beachy Head. We then follow the glorious coastal path past the Belle Tout lighthouse and over the Seven Sisters to Cuckmere Haven.

Highlight: Look out for the Belle Tout lighthouse, now a private residence. In 1999 it was carefully jacked 17 metres inland, away from the rapidly eroding cliff edge.

Option 3 - Eastbourne & Seven Sisters

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,550 feet (460m)

In summary: We begin with a promenade from Eastbourne Pier to the start of the South Downs Way. Following the walk up to Beachy Head, we continue along the same route as the medium walk to Cuckmere Haven. 

Highlight: Enjoy magnificent sea views as we walk atop the iconic chalk cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters - a memorable day of breathtaking scenery.


Discover more about Abingworth Hall and the local area for ideas on how to make the most of your free day.


Option 1 - West Chiltington & Thakeham

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Ascent: 450 feet (140m)

In summary: Starting out west along the ridge, we soon turn north to West Chiltington. We return, via Thakeham – and possibly via the White Lion public house, to the Abingworth Hall.

Highlight: West Chiltington church was built between 1100 & 1150 and has a fine collection of frescoes. As we head back to Abingworth Hall there are beautiful views towards the South Downs.

Option 2 - Pulborough Brooks, Nutbourne & West Chiltington

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In summary: We walk along the ridge to the west of the House and continue west to the RSPB reserve at Pulborough. We then head north, across Pulborough Brooks meadows, to Pulborough village. We continue east to the villages of Nutbourne and West Chiltington, to return to the house.

Highlight: The nature reserve at Pulborough Brooks is not to be missed.

Option 3 - Storrington & South Downs Way

Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In summary: We walk along the ridge to the west of the house and then south to Storrington. We continue south to ascend onto the South Downs Way ridge and continue east to descend from Barnsfarm Hill to Rowdell. We return to the house across Washington Common & Heath Common.

Highlight: Views from the South Downs Way ridge.


Option 1 - Clayton Windmills

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In summary: Ascend to Clayton Windmills on the crest of the Downs. We'll follow the South Downs Way over Ditchling Beacon, then descend the escarpment to Ditchling village.

Highlight: We'll pass the iconic Clayton Windmills. 'Jill' is a a wooden post mill from 1822, whilst 'Jack' is a brick tower mill from 1864.

Option 2 - Devil's Dyke

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Ascent: 1,000 feet (320m)

In summary: Walk atop the Downs from Devil's Dyke to Ditchling Beacon, following the South Downs Way for much of the walk.

Highlight: Devil's Dyke is a natural valley high on the Downs. It's hard to imagine that this peaceful beauty spot was once a Victorian tourist attraction complete with a railway, observatory and cable-car.

Option 3 - Devil's Dyke to Ditchling

Distance: 11½ miles (18.5km)

Ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

In summary: A longer walk from Devil's Dyke to Ditchling. We'll take in the the summits of Newtimber Hill and Wolstonbury Hill before rejoining the South Downs Way near the Clayton Windmills.

Highlight: Ditchling Beacon is the highest point in East Sussex and enjoys a commanding view south over the English Channel.


Option 1 - Amberley & Parham Park

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 450 feet (140m)

In summary: Walk through the fields at the foot of the Downs from the picturesque village of Amberley back to Abingworth Hall, passing through the grounds of Parham House.

Highlight: Parham House is a fine Elizabethan residence, surrounded by an extensive deer park.

Option 2 - Amberley & The South Downs

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In summary: Walk from Amberley beside the River Arun, then follow the South Downs Way atop the Downs as far as Kithurst Hill. From here we descend through the fields to Abingworth Hall.

Highlight: Soak up the views from Rackham Hill where the panorama stretches north over the hills and woodland of the Weald, and south towards the English Channel.

Option 3 - Amberley & The South Downs Way

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

In summary: Discover the peaceful River Arun then head along the top of the Downs following the South Downs Way as far as Barnsfarm Hill. Our route then turns north, crossing Washington Common, to return to Abingworth Hall.

Highlight: The chalk downlands are a rich habitat for wild flowers. Look out for rare orchids and Common Blue butterflies.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


See Dates, Prices & Trip Note tab to check which itinerary is running

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Shipley and Knepp Estate

Distance: 6.5 miles (11km)

Ascent: 350 feet (100m)

In summary: From the village of Dial Post we walk through the south western part of the Knepp Estate where a pioneering re-wildling project has been in progress since 2001. The estate is now home to a diverse range of species and is the only place in the UK where white storks nest and breed. Grazing animals you may see include Tamworth pigs, longhorn cattle and three species of deer - red, roe and fallow. We continue to the village of Shipley with its beautifully restored windmill and ancient church before exploring the eastern part of the Knepp Estate.

Highlight: Shipley - this historic village was first mentioned in the Domesday Book. It has a beautifully restored windmill.

Option 2 - Knepp Estate

Distance: 10.5 miles (16.5km)

Ascent: 350 feet (100m)

In summary: From Dial Post we walk to the south western edge of the Knepp Estate. In 2001 the Knepp Estate started a re-wilding project to turn farmland back into a natural habitat. The area is now home to an astonishing variety of species including rare birds such as nightingales and turtle doves. It is also home to the UK's only wild population of white storks which come here to breed in the summer months. While walking here you may also see many different grazing animals. We follow some of Knepp's walking trails and can explore different tree platforms and the bird hide before returning to Dial Post.

Highlight: Exploring the Knepp Estate where there is a pioneering re-wilding project in progress.

Option 3 - Shipley, Knepp Estate and Warminghurst

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 590 feet (210m)

In summary: We follow the same route as the option 2 and having explored some of Knepp's walking trails we return to Abingworth Hall through open countryside via the village of Warminghurst.

Highlight: Taking time to explore the Knepp Estate’s footpaths, tree platforms and bird hide.


Option 1 - Thakeham, Warminghurst & Ashington

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: We walk to the nearby village of Thakeham and then, via Warminghurst church, across fields to Ashington. We return via woodland to the House.

Highlight: The gentle stroll through the woodland at the end of the walk.

Option 2 - Pulborough Brooks & Parham Park

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 500 feet (160m)

In summary: We walk along the ridge to the west of the House and continue west to the RSPB reserve at Pulborough – and the opportunity for refreshment. We continue south to the western entrance to Parham Park. We stroll through the Park to Cootham – with the opportunity for refreshment at The Crown. We return through fields to the House.

Highlight: The opportunity to see local birds at the reserve.

Option 3 - Parham Park & Amberley

Distance: 13½ miles (22km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (340m)

In summary: We walk along the ridge to the west of the house and then south to Cootham. We continue south to ascend onto the South Downs Way ridge and then west to Amberley, before returning through lovely Parham Park to the House.

Highlight: Parham House is a fine Elizabethan residence, surrounded by an extensive deer park.


Option 1 - Seven Sisters

Distance: 6.5 miles (10km)

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In summary: Starting at Friston church, we walk south to reach the chalk cliffs near Birling Gap, before walking along the Seven Sisters coastal path to Cuckmere Haven. 

Highlight: Take time to savour the outstanding coastal scenery then gaze down from the final 'sister' over the River Cuckmere as it meanders gracefully towards the sea.

Option 2 - Beachy Head & Seven Sisters

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

In summary: Follow the South Downs Way from above Eastbourne to Beachy Head. We then follow the glorious coastal path past the Belle Tout lighthouse and over the Seven Sisters to Cuckmere Haven.

Highlight: Look out for the Belle Tout lighthouse, now a private residence. In 1999 it was carefully jacked 17 metres inland, away from the rapidly eroding cliff edge.

Option 3 - Eastbourne & Seven Sisters

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,550 feet (460m)

In summary: We begin with a promenade from Eastbourne Pier to the start of the South Downs Way. Following the walk up to Beachy Head, we continue along the same route as the medium walk to Cuckmere Haven. 

Highlight: Enjoy magnificent sea views as we walk atop the iconic chalk cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters - a memorable day of breathtaking scenery.


Discover more about Abingworth Hall and the local area for ideas on how to make the most of your free day.


Option 1 - Cootham & Storrington

Distance: 6½miles (11km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: We walk along the ridge to the west of the house and then south to Storrington. There will be time to explore Storrington and possibly visit a teashop before we return through fields to the house.

Highlight: Explore picturesque Storrington, gateway to the South Downs.

Option 2 - Washington, Sullington & Storrington

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In summary: Walking south from the house, we cross Heath Common and Washington Common to reach the village of Washington. We return along a section of the South Downs Way and then descend into Storrington – with the opportunity for refreshment. We return through fields to the house.

Highlight: The wonderful story behind the history of the Sanctuary.

Option 3 - Washington & Chanctonbury Ring

Distance: 13½ miles (22km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: Walking south from the house, we cross Heath Common and Washington Common to reach the village of Washington. Continuing  east we ascend onto the South Downs Way ridge and Chanctonbury Ring before returning to Washington to follow field paths via Storrington then back to the house.

Highlight: Chanctonbury Ring, a prehistoric hill fort atop Chanctonbury Hill.


Option 1 - Cowdray Park and Petworth

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

In summary: Walk from the northern edge of the polo grounds of Cowdray Park, through attractive woodland and fields to Petworth. Here you can visit Petworth House or take an optional walk around the surrounding parkland.

Highlight: Our walk passes by the National Trust's Petworth House - this grand property was built by the Duke of Somerset in the late 17th Century in the style of Versailles.

Option 2 - Midhurst to Petworth

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In summary: Follow the valley of the river Rother from the historic town of Midhurst to the ruins of Cowdray Park and the famous polo ground. We continue to Petworth where there may be time to walk around Petworth Park or to visit the house.

Highlight: The extensive grounds of Petworth House were landscaped by 'Capability' Brown and captured on canvas by JMW Turner. The park is currently home to England's largest herd of Fallow Deer.

Option 3 - Stedham to Petworth - Through the Rother Valley

Distance: 11½ miles (18km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In summary: This longer route to Petworth begins from Stedham with a walk along the Rother Valley to Stedham Mill. Upon reaching Cowdray Park, our route follows that of the two shorter walks to Petworth.

Highlight: Discover the fascinating history of Cowdray House - the former home of the Montague family, was built in 1542 and largely destroyed by fire in 1793.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Abingworth Hall

Country living just got cosier at this former farmhouse. Abingworth Hall is just a skip away from the village of Thakeham at the foot of the South Downs – a landscape of ancient woodland, hidden valleys, chalky cliffs, and high-backed hills so deserving of its national park status finally bestowed in 2010. While the views from the doorstep are as wow-worthy as you’d expect, the walking opportunities around the sightseeing greats such as Devil’s Dyke, Seven Sisters Country Park, Kingley Vale, Parham House, and the Clayton Windmills (known locally as Jack and Jill) are equally standout. You’ll also be within easy driving distance of several historic towns and cities, most fabulously Arundel, Chichester, and Brighton.   

 

Rooms

Designed with your comfort in mind, Abingworth Hall has 27 well-appointed guest rooms available in two categories: Classic and Premium. 

Classic Rooms are comfortable en-suite guest rooms, ideal for a peaceful night's sleep. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, and shower gel), and a TV. 

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses. 

We love: The Premium Rooms for views of the impossibly pretty surrounds. 

The Choose Your Room service is available at our UK country houses, allowing you the option of choosing and confirming a specific room for an extra charge of £30 per room. This is subject to availability. Upgrade supplements apply. 

Check in & check out
You are welcome to check in from 4:00pm at the earliest. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a complimentary cream tea and get to meet your fellow guests, our HF Holidays Leaders, and the rest of the friendly team.  

On the day of departure, we kindly ask all guests to check out by 10:00am. You’ll be asked to settle your bill prior to leaving. You may, of course, make a charitable donation to our HF Holidays Pathways Fund if you wish. Please note that we only accept card payments.  

Room supplements

Premium single Premium double/twin Choose your room
£20 pppn £20 pppn £30 per room

About your stay

A warm welcome
We want you to feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. You’ll find a welcome pack in your room with guest registration forms, menus, order forms for dinners and picnic lunches, the Wi-Fi password, and the front door code. Our houses are locked at night, so we recommend noting the Duty Manager’s number on arrival in case of an emergency (or getting locked out). 

Evening entertainment
While evening entertainment varies from house to house, the HF Holidays Big Pub Quiz held after dinner on Wednesdays is a weekly staple. Your HF Holidays Leader may be around for tips on guided and self-guided walking routes as well as visit-worthy local attractions. 

Walks talks 
Our HF Holidays Leaders host guided walking information briefings before dinner on arrival days. This is followed by a group Walks Talk for information on the following day’s walking delights (held before dinner every evening). Self-guided walking guests are, of course, welcome.  

The walking day
Prior to setting off on walks, your HF Holidays Leader will run you through a short safety briefing. There’s also an up-to-date weather forecast on display at the house to ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear. If you choose to do your own walks or are on a self-guided walking holiday, we ask that you please complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house. 

Food & drink

Led by experienced chefs, we serve a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. We always aim to source the best produce available and use home-grown herbs and vegetables from our own gardens whenever possible. Additionally, we have a licensed bar with beers, soft drinks, and a superb selection of spirits. Full-board comes as standard and includes a cream tea on arrival and a hearty breakfast on departure day.

HF Holidays understands the importance of managing allergens effectively to ensure food is safe for guests with food allergies. Whilst we are always able to confidently inform guests which allergens are present in our ingredients and dishes, we are unable to guarantee absolute freedom from the 14 main allergens in our kitchens. Vegetarian and vegan menu choices are available. If you have allergies, food intolerances, or any special dietary requirements, please inform our reservation team at the time of booking.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Abingworth Hall

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Getting to Abingworth Hall

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Address

Abingworth Hall
Storrington Road
Thakeham
West Sussex RH20 3EF

Tel: +44 (0)1798 813636

By train

The nearest station is Pulborough.  

Pulborough station has a short platform, so you’ll need to check the departure boards for which carriage to sit in.  

National Rail have up-to-date routes and train times. 

By taxi

The six-mile journey from Pulborough railway station takes about 15 minutes.  

It’s best to avoid arriving at Pulborough station between 2:50pm and 3:20pm as there may not be any taxis available due to school pick-ups.

For pricing, please contact the taxi company directly.

MJ Cars
You can pre-book a taxi from with MJ Cars*. We recommend booking your taxi at least seven days in advance by contacting: 

Tel: +44 (0)1903 745414
Email: mjcars@btconnect.com

A return journey can be arranged on your behalf by the HF Holidays House Manager at Abingworth Hall.

*MJ Cars is not owned or managed by HF Holidays.

Sue's Private Hire
You can pre-book a taxi with Sue's Private Hire* by phone, text or email. Please pre-book asap as there are no taxis based at Pulborough Station. Your journey will be mostly with a lady driver and an electric car.

Tel: +44 (0)1798 874848 / +44 (0)7918 137066
Email:- sueph520@yahoo.com

*Sue's Private Hire is not owned or managed by HF Holidays and prices are subject to change

By car

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 two roundabouts and then at the traffic lights turn right onto the A272 to Billingshurst and Petersfield. After three miles turn left onto the B2139. Abingworth Hall is approximately four miles from this junction on the left hand side (go past Abingworth Meadows and Thakeham Pre-School). 

From the M27  
Continue onto the A27 around Chichester. At the second roundabout take the first exit on to the A29, then the second exit on to the B2139 to Storrington. At the mini roundabout, take the second exit onto the A283. Continue through Storrington then turn onto the B2139 towards Thakeham. Take the second exit at the next mini roundabout, then the first exit. Continue down this road until you reach Abingworth Hall on the right.  

By air

The nearest airport is Gatwick Airport. 

The easiest way to get from Gatwick Airport to Abingworth Hall is by taxi, a 29-mile journey taking around 40 minutes. 

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof walking boots that provide ankle support and good grip  
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket 
  • Comfortable clothing (jeans & waterproof capes are not suitable)  
  • Mid-layer(s) to keep you warm. Fleeces make a good choice
  • Waterproof overtrousers  
  • Gloves and a warm hat  
  • Rucksack with waterproof liner 
  • Spotting scope and/or binoculars 
  • Flask for hot drinks   
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)  
  • Sunscreen  
  • UV sunglasses  

Recommended  

  • Several base layers (long-sleeve or short-sleeve)  
  • Cushioned walking socks to avoid blisters  
  • First aid kit, including plasters and insect repellent 
  • Sit mat   
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables  
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace)  
  • Wallet/purse  
  • Camera 
  • First-aid kit 

Abingworth Hall Calendar

  • Guided Walking
  • Self-Guided Walking
  • Special Interests
  • Unavailable to Book

Guest reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Supplements may apply.

Non-member fee: £30 per person.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take an alternative route, or vary the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.


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