Guided Walking for Solos 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.
Country walking is a great way to meet new friends. We welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests. Enjoy likeminded company and a great selection of walks on the South Downs. Discover rolling green hills, timeless towns and villages, and follow the chalk cliffs to the iconic Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.
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.
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• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms available at no extra charge
• 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
• 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 with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. 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.
Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day – you can choose an easier walk one day and switch to a harder walk the next.
Easier Walks Medium Walks Harder Walks
A: Pulborough to Abingworth Hall
Easier Walk: A walk from Marehill, near Pulborough village to Abingworth Hall, via the picturesque village of West Chiltington with its fascinating 12th century church. 6 miles (9.5km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From the village of Fittleworth, we walk beside the rivers Rother and Arun to the 14th century bridge at Stopham. Continuing to Pulborough village, we return to Abingworth Hall passing the tiny church at Wiggonholt and across the RSPB reserve at Pulborough Brooks. 8 miles (13km) with 700 feet (200m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Our route from Stopham takes us through woodland and over gently rolling countryside to the tidal limit of the River Arun and then to Pulborough village. Continuing as the Medium route, we pass Wigginholt church and then cross the RSPB reserve before returning to Abingworth Hall. 11 miles (18km) with with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
B: The Iconic Seven Sisters
Easier Walk: Starting at Friston church, we walk south to reach the coast near Birling Gap, before walking along the Seven Sisters coastal path to Cuckmere Haven and Exceat. 6 miles (9.5km) with 500 feet (160m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We begin above the town of Eastbourne and walk to Beachy Head on the South Downs Way. Our walk then follows the coastal path, passing Belle Tout lighthouse and along the Seven Sisters to Cuckmere Haven and Exceat. 9 miles (15km) with 1,150 feet (360m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: This walk starts in the village of East Dean and ascends over downland to reach Beachy Head. From here our route follows that of the Medium Walk. 11 miles (18km) with 1,550 feet (480m) of ascent.
E: Scenic South Downs
Easier Walk: Following a walk around the charming village of Washington, our route ascends to the South Downs Way and continues to Chanctonbury Ring. We then descend from the Downs to the old market town of Steyning, with its many listed buildings. 7 ½ miles (12km) with 950 feet (280m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Walking from the village of Washington, we soon reach the top of the Downs and follow the South Downs Way to Chanctonbury Ring. From here, we continue south to Cissbury Ring and then our route heads northeast, along the Monarch’s Way, before descending into Steyning. 10 miles (16km) with 1,350 feet (420m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Our walk begins near Windlesham House School and follows downland paths and tracks, visiting both Cissbury and Chanctonbury Rings. There are glorious views throughout, especially to the coastal plain. Steyning is also our final destination. 12 ½ miles (21km) with 1,500 feet (460m) of ascent.
F: Amberley and the South Downs to Abingworth
Easier Walk: Following a walk around the village of Amberley, our route back to Abingworth Hall passes through the parkland of Parham House, a magnificent Elizabethan manor house. 6 ½ miles (11km) with 450 feet (140m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting at Amberley station, near Houghton Bridge in the Arun Valley, our walk to Amberley initially follows the River Arun. We then ascend the Downs to follow the South Downs Way over Rackham Hill, enjoying panoramic views over the Weald and out to sea. Descending from the Downs at Kithurst Hill, our return route takes us along a ridge path to Abingworth Hall. 9 miles (15km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: This walk follows the medium route to Kithurst Hill, but then continues along the top of the Downs to Barnsfarm Hill. Our route then turns north, crossing Washington Common, to return to Abingworth Hall. 12 miles (19km) with 1,150 feet (360m) of ascent.
G: Through Cowdray Park to Petworth
Easier Walk: We walk from the northern edge of the polo grounds of Cowdray Park, through attractive woodland and fields and the interesting village of Lodsworth, to Petworth. There may be the opportunity to walk around Petworth Park or to visit Petworth House (NT). 6 miles (10km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From the historic town of Midhurst, we initially follow the river Rother before passing the ruins of Cowdray and the famous polo ground. We continue, following the route of the Easier Walk, to Petworth. There may be time to include a walk around Petworth Park or to visit the house. 9 miles (15km) with 1,000 feet (320m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: This longer route to Petworth begins from west of Midhurst 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. 12 miles (19km) with 1,200 feet (360m) of ascent.
H: The Devil’s Dyke and the Downs to Ditchling
Easier Walk: Following the opportunity to enjoy the viewpoint at Devil’s Dyke, the coach takes us to Clayton village, where our walk begins. A short ascent to the famous ‘Jack’ and ‘Jill’ windmills brings us to the South Downs Way which we follow to Ditchling Beacon before descending to Ditchling village. 6 ½ miles (10km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From the Devil’s Dyke viewpoint, our walk follows the South Downs Way to Ditchling Beacon, via the ancient farm at Saddlescombe and the village of Pyecombe, before descending to Ditchling. 9 ½ miles (16km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: After enjoying the view at Devil’s Dyke, our route takes us to the summits of Newtimber Hill and Wolstonbury Hill. Continuing to Clayton, we pass the ‘Jack’ and ‘Jill’ windmills before joining the South Downs Way to Ditchling Beacon. Our final destination is also Ditchling village. 11 ½ miles (19km) with 1,450 feet (440m) of ascent.
I: The glorious Goodwood Estate
Easier Walk: After a walk across open countryside, we reach the village of Singleton and then ascend onto the Downs and the Trundle, overlooking Goodwood Racecourse and with great views to Chichester and the coastal plain. We then descend on the Monarch’s Way into the Lavant Valley to reach West Dean Gardens (admission charge). 6 miles (9.5km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Our route ascends through the woodland of the Drovers Estate to Levin Down Nature Reserve and then continues to the villages of Charlton and Singleton. After ascending the Trundle, we follow the West Sussex Literary Trail into the Lavant Valley before continuing to West Dean Gardens. 8 miles (13km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: This longer walk starts in Singleton and ascends onto the Downs and the Trundle. We then head west to Kingley Vale and the Devil’s Humps before descending to the village of Stoughton. Joining the Monarch’s Way, we turn eastwards to reach West Dean Gardens. 12 ½ miles (20km) with 1,950 feet (580m) of ascent.
2017 Walking Programmes
7 night holidays: 5 days of walking and a free day on the Monday
Walks F,G,E,H,I: Fri 4 August
4 night holidays: 3 days of walking
Walks E,H,I: Mon 7 Aug
3 night holidays: 2 days of walking
Walks F,G: Fri 4 Aug
Walks A,B: Fri 20 Oct
Terrain and transport: Easier Walks have mostly gentle gradients and Medium Walks follow undulating paths with occasional steeper sections; Harder Walks have a few steep sections.
On some days the walks start or finish at Abingworth Hall; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.
Our guests: The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is normally a good mix of ages, of new guests and 'regulars' from Britain and overseas. On our special Guided Walking for Solos holidays the entire holiday is especially for single guests
In the evenings: Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an organised activity such as a quiz or a talk about the local area, relax in the bar or use the Country House facilities.
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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|7 Aug 2017||AWBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Abingworth||4||£499.00||£439.00||Book Now|
|20 Oct 2017||AWBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Abingworth||3||£339.00||£279.00||Book Now|
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- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person