Classic Break at Abingworth
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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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Join us at Abingworth for our Classic Break, rich with the traditions of HF Holidays, making it best suited to our long standing guests who have been holidaying with us for years.
During the day, enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. Stretch your legs and appreciate some of Britain's best landscapes.
In the evening relax with like-minded guests during your evening meal, then enjoy a classic mix of evening activities arranged by your leaders. We'll include a great mix of quizzes, games and dancing, rounded off with a traditional party night on the final evening.
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.
Choose your room
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms available at no extra charge
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• 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)
|All 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.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Abingworth Hall is generally accessible to wheelchair users and has a bedroom specifically designed for wheelchair access.
- 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
Saturday: Pulborough to Abingworth Hall
Option 1: West Chiltington
Distance: 6 miles (9½km)
Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)
The walk in a nutshell: Explore the gently undulating countryside of Sussex on this walk back to Abingworth Hall, via the picturesque village of West Chiltington.
Don’t miss: 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 Soutth Downs.
Option 2: Wiggonholt Church
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Total ascent: 700 feet (200m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk from the village of Fittleworth beside the rivers Rother and Arun. We return to Abingworth Hall passing the tiny church at Wiggonholt and across the RSPB reserve at Pulborough Brooks.
Don’t miss: Discover the 17th Century timber-framed cottage that was oncee the home of Sir Edward Elgar, and soak up the view that inspired his Cello Concerto.
Option 3: Rother & Arun Valleys
Distance: 11 miles (18km)
Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)
The walk in a nutshell: Our route from Stopham takes us through woodland and over gently rolling countryside to the tidal limit of the River Arun. We pass Wigginholt church and the RSPB reserve as we head back to Abingworth Hall.
Don’t miss: Stop to enjoy the RSPB reserve at Pulbough Brooks where sightings may include Sandpipers, Lapwing and Shoveler Ducks.
Sunday: The iconic Seven Sisters
Option 1: Seven Sisters
Distance: 6 miles (9½km)
Total ascent: 500 feet (160m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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
Distance: 9 miles (14½km
Total ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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: Along the Cliffs
Distance: 11 miles (18km)
Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk from the inland village of East Dean over the chalk downs and along the South Downs Way to Beachy Head, then along the classic coastal path to Cuckmere Haven.
Don’t miss: Enjoy magnficent sea views as we walk atop the iconic chalk cliffs or Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters - a memorable day of breathtaking scenery.
Tuesday: Arundel and the lower Arun Valley
Option 1: Arundel Park
Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)
Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)
The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk takes us through the landscaped grounds of Arundel Park to the pretty hamlet of South Stoke, returning alongside the River Arun.
Don’t miss: 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: 8½ miles (13½km)
Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: The Arun Valley is a haven for a variety of wintering wildfowl. You may also see Lapwings, Reshanks and Snipes.
Option 3: Over the Downs to Arundel
Distance: 12 miles (19km)
Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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.
Wednesday: River Valleys & Petworth
Option 1: Petworth House
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Total ascent: 500 feet (160m)
The walk in a nutshell: Explore the gently rolling countryside of the Rother Valley on our walk through Burton Park to Petworth. Here you can visit Petworth House or take an option walk around the surrounding parkland.
Don’t miss: Our walk finishes at the National Trust's Petworth House - this grand property was built in the Duke of Somerset in the late 17th Century in the style of Versailles.
Option 2: Rother Valley
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)
The walk in a nutshell: Starting on Duncton Downs, the walk descends into the Rother Valley, passing through Burton Park and the village of Fittleworth on the way to Petworth.
Don’t miss: Our walk passes Burton Park, another grand stately home dating from 1826. The small Norman church nearby is full of character.
Option 3: Woolavington Down
Distance: 11½ miles (18km)
Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk over Woolavington Down then descend to the Rother Valley, passing Burton Park and Fittleworth on the way to Petworth House.
Don’t miss: Burton Mill Pond is a great spot for ding coots, moorhen and great crested grebe. The walk finishes at Petworth, a charming small market town with fine buildings from the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries.
Thursday: Scenic South Downs
Option 1: Chanctonbury Ring
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Total ascent: 950 feet (280m)
The walk in a nutshell: Ascend to Chanctonbury Ring on the crest of the Downs, then take the South Downs Way along the hill-top to the historic town of Steyning.
Don’t miss: Chantonbury Ring has a mysterious atmosphere - local legend says that if you run 7 times around it on moonless night, the Devil will appear and offer you a bowl of milk, soup or porridge (reports vary!).
Option 2: Cissbury Ring
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Total ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)
The walk in a nutshell: Discover the two ancient hill-forts of Chanctonbury and Cissbury Rings on our walk along the Downs from Washington to Steyning.
Don’t miss: Cissbury Ring is a vast Iron Age hill-fort, the second largest in Britain with formidable ditches and ramparts.
Option 3: On top of the Downs
Distance: 12½ miles (20½km)
Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)
The walk in a nutshell: This longer route takes fabulous scenery, either on top of the Downs, or the rolling lower slopes. We'll take in both Cissbury and Chanctonbury Rings on the way to historic Steyning.
Don’t miss: Throughout the day there are panoramic views south to the English Channel, and north over the rolling countryside of the Sussex Weald.
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:
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
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
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
Just 10 to 15 minutes' drive away, Elizabethan Parham House is surrounded by an extensive deer park. www.parhaminsussex.co.uk
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
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
Weald & 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
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 to Abingworth
Our address is: Abingworth Hall, Storrington Road, Thakeham, West Sussex, RH20 3EF
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).
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.
From the north leave the M25 on either the A24 or the M23 and A264 to Horsham. Continue south on the A24 towards Worthing. About 5 miles south of Horsham turn right onto the A272 signposted to Billingshurst and Petersfield. After 3 miles turn onto the B2139 in the village of Coolham. After 3½ miles pass the turning for Thakeham on your left. Abingworth Hall is on the left after the Thakeham turn.
From the south take the M27 and continue on to the A27 and around Chichester. 4 miles before Arundel at Fontwell Park turn left on to the A29. After approx 4 miles at a roundabout, turn onto the A283 to Storrington. Turn right onto the A283 in Storrington. Continue through Storrington and left at the mini-roundabout at the Anchor Inn onto the B2139 towards Thakeham and Coolham. Go straight across at the next roundabout and then take a left at the Rydon Community College roundabout. Abingworth Hall is on the right, 2 miles north of Storrington.
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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|4 May 2018||AWCLA - Guided Walking - Classic Breaks - Abingworth||3||£359.00||£319.00||Book Now|
|4 May 2018||AWCLA - Guided Walking - Classic Breaks - Abingworth||7||£845.00||£745.00||Book Now|
|7 May 2018||AWCLA - Guided Walking - Classic Breaks - Abingworth||4||£515.00||£465.00||Book Now|
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