Guided Walking for Solos at Abingworth
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Meadows & hills
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, and the convivial atmosphere of our Country Houses will make sure you have an enjoyable time.
- Walk on the rolling South Downs – England’s newest national park
- Follow the chalk cliffs to the iconic Seven Sisters and Beachy Head
- Easy access from London and the south coast
- Visit Brighton Royal Pavilion and Fishbourne Roman Palace
Great reasons to join us
- For Solos: no single room charge and double rooms are available at no extra cost. Twin rooms are also available for sole occupancy at a special reduced price of £10 per night
- Exclusivity: we welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the holiday is for single guests
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and light-hearted evening activities
- Choice: choose from up to 3 guided walks each walking day, with expert guides
- Accommodation: relax on the terrace by the lake at our 4-star Country House in the Sussex countryside
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together
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.
Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.
You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.
If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.
All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.
Abingworth Hall has three comfortable lounges, the largest of which opens onto the attractive conservatory and bar. The large ballroom can be used for dancing, evening talks or as a games room with table tennis. There is also a pleasant dining room. Free Wifi is available in some public rooms. There is also a range of board games and books.
Abingworth Hall is surrounded by eight acres of gardens. Outside there is a putting green and croquet lawn. The heated outdoor swimming pool is popular with our guests in the summer (May – September).
All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.
Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.
Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.
Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).
The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.
All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk on wildlife from a local speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.
Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.
Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.
Abingworth Hall is generally accessible to wheelchair users and has a bedroom specifically designed for wheelchair access.
Arrival & car parking facilities
- There is ample (gravel) car parking available at the rear of the House
- Disabled parking is available closer to the front door
- The driveway from the main B2139 is tarmac up to the front door
- It is possible to load and unload cars directly at the front door
- Assistance can be provided with luggage
Main entrance & reception
- There is a small step (6cm high) into the porch at the front door of the house
- The front door can open double to 151cm wide
- The step into the main reception hallway is 12cm high with double doors opening up to 162cm wide
- A hatch immediately inside the front doorway opens to reveal a check-in desk
- The reception hallway gives access to the drawing room, large lounge with conservatory, dining room, reception / office, powder room and gents
- A well-lit corridor leads off to the ballroom and bedrooms 1 - 8
- There is no lift. The main stairway (112cm wide) leads up to rooms 9 – 25
Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc
- All public areas are carpeted
- The corridor leading to rooms 1 - 8. Minimum width is 99cm
- The main stairway leading up to rooms 9 - 25 is 112cm wide
Public areas - sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc
- Door is 86cm wide
- A carpeted, wood panelled lounge with relaxed seating for 12
- Door is 86cm wide. Impressive lounge with a baby grand piano and a large mirror. Carpeted with comfortable seating for 26. Leads into the conservatory
Conservatory & bar
- Carpeted with relaxed rattan furniture. Bar in the corner (bar height 117cm)
- Accessed though the large lounge, doorway is 117cm wide and a step down 17cm high or alternatively accessed from the reception hallway, down the corridor which is ramped. The door from the corridor is 79cm wide
- Entrance through double doors (total width 150cm)
- A large room, 7m by 11m with windows on two walls. Carpeted around a wooden dance floor, which measures 5m by 9m
- Chairs are movable, armless and stackable
- Ground level from the reception hallway, carpeted, door 79cm wide
- Two cubicles, doors 59cm wide, with standard toilets of 42cm high
- One basin with hot and cold taps
- A vanity unit with good lighting and a large mirror with two upright padded chairs
- Tiled floor (door width 81cm)
- One cubicle with standard toilet of 44cm high
- Four self-flushing urinals, 67cm high
- One basin with hot and cold taps
- Good lighting and mirrors
- From the reception hallway, three steps up into the main stairway (154cm wide with handrail) is the entrance to the dining room. Further two steps up (120cm wide with hand rail)
- The dining room is L-shaped, carpeted throughout
- Tables are rectangular, six legged and 72cm high, each seating five to eight diners
- Seats are without arms, 48cm high, padded seats with 40cm wooden backs
- A portable stainless steel mobility ramp is available
Bedrooms & sleeping areas
- Bedrooms 1 - 8 are on ground floor, down a well lit corridor from the reception hall
- Bedrooms 9 - 14 are up a main L-shaped stairway, 16 steps to the first floor landing
- Bedrooms 15 and 16 are through a door and further 7 steps up from the first floor landing
- Bedrooms 17 - 23 are through another door from the first floor landing, up a second flight of stairs, 16 steps up through a landing door onto the second floor
- Bedroom 24 is situated above room 16, up a curved narrow stairway of 15 steps
- Bedroom doors are 72cm - 87cm wide
- Beds are 55cm high. Rooms are single, twin or double bedded
- Usually made up with hollow fibre duvets and pillows, blankets and feather pillows available on request
- All rooms are carpeted and well lit
- All furniture, including beds are movable
- Most rooms have baths, although some have only a walk-in shower
- Rooms with baths have mostly mixer taps with a shower attachment
- Most rooms have vinyl or tiled floor, rooms 9 / 10 / 11 and 24 have carpet
- Room 6 has been specially adapted for wheelchair users
- A low level shower tray, 62cm by 105cm, with the step-in of 7cm
- An adjustable free standing mobility shower seat is available
- The shower is thermostatically controlled to give even water pressure with an adjustable shower head
- The toilet is 47cm high with left side static hand rail and adjustable right side rail
- The basin has level mixer taps and is wall-mounted for wheelchair access
- Tiled floor
Grounds and gardens
- There are around eight acres of grounds. Most of the pathways are gravel and therefore uneven
- Grass meadows and lawns are also uneven. Steep, uneven steps lead to the meadows
- There is a stone terrace along the front of the house. The surface is uneven. The terrace is accessible either via the front door or through the conservatory doors with 2 / 3 steps down to the terrace. The conservatory door width is 113cm
- The outdoor swimming pool is situated between the main house and the car park
- The pool is heated May - September
- Due to the secluded location of the pool, guests are advised not to swim alone. Pool emergency alarm at the side of the pool, attached to changing room
- 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
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.
We’ve a fantastic selection of walks for 2016 - see below. Please check back here in November for any variations for our 2017 holidays.
Group C: Arundel and the lower Arun Valley
Easier Walk: This circular walk, starting in Arundel, passes through part of Arundel Park to reach the pretty hamlet of South Stoke. We continue our walk alongside the river Arun on our route back to Arundel. 6 miles (9.5km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Another circular route which begins with a walk through Arundel Park to South Stoke. Here we cross to the river Arun to reach North Stoke and then walk through open countryside to the village of Burpham. We then follow the river Arun back to Arundel. 9 miles (14.5km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Starting at Amberley station near Houghton Bridge, our route soon joins the South Downs Way walking east to Rackham Hill and Kithurst Hill. We then turn south to join the Monarch’s Way and continue back to Arundel. 12 miles (19km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Group D: River valleys and Petworth
Easier Walk: Our route initially takes us through Burton Park before we cross the Rother Valley via woodland and open farmland on the way to Petworth. Here we have the options of a walk around Petworth Park or a visit to Petworth House (NT). 6 miles (9.5km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting on Duncton Downs, the walk descends into the Rother Valley through Burton Park, heading to Petworth via Fittleworth and Goonah Lodges. 9 miles (14.5km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: This longer walk follows the route of the Medium Walk, heading for beautiful Petworth House and Park via Burton Park and Fittleworth, but starts further south at Upwaltham. It gains height quickly for great views from Woolavington Down. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1300 ft (390m) of ascent
Group 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 miles (11km) with 900 feet (270m) 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 1,400 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. 13 miles (21km) with 1,500 feet (450m) of ascent.
Group 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 miles (19km) with 1,900 feet (570m) of ascent.
Group 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 miles (9.5km) 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. 10 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 miles (17.5km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.
2016 Walking Programmes
4 night holiday starting Mon 27 June: 3 days of walking
3 night holiday starting Fri 18 Nov: 2 days of walking
Walks I & H
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.
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.
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 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
The quaint town of Arundel, about 30 minutes' drive away, is dominated by its castle, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk. www.arundelcastle.org
Completely restored after an extensive fire, this stately National Trust property has ornate rooms and gardens. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/uppark
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
Just 10 to 15 minutes' drive away, Elizabethan Parham House which 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
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
Abingworth Hall, Storrington Road, Thakeham, West Sussex, RH20 3EF
By train: The nearest railway station is Pulborough. Please note that Pulborough station has a short platform and we advise that you check the departure boards for which carriage to sit in. 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).
By taxi: The 6 mile journey from Pulborough railway station takes approximately 15 minutes. Taxis cost approx £13. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Abingworth Hall Manager.
By car: 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.
Car parking is available in the grounds and is free of charge
To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
29 Jul 2016, 3:04 p.m.
. The room was fine and so were the meals and the building was kept well. The staff were helpful and provided a good service.
The holiday was ok but was a bit too 'safe and secure' for me. I have been on solo holidays with other companies and the participants and tour guide(s) had more 'get up & go'.
I was disappointed that the walk leaders weren't local people. It meant that they could only answer questions about the area if it was on the 'crib sheet'. With the other solo holidays I have been on, the guides were either local or had done a lot of homework on the area, so were very knowledgeable and could answer a variety of questions.
6 Jul 2016, 11 p.m.
Ran on oiled wheels. Very well organized. Came from Ireland and unfamiliar with destination, but received excellent, accurate instructions on how to reach my holiday destination.
Charming, atmospheric hotel, but with modern utilities. Loved the retention of old features of building in public areas, which gave it it's character and individuality. The hotel manager, Heather runs a very tight well run and efficient ship. The small grouping of 25 or so guests and very involved guides, Duncan, Dave and Gerry made for a happy interaction among all the guests.
6 Jul 2016, 3:34 p.m.
No review provided
holiday arrangements went to plan
5 Jul 2016, 4:18 p.m.
No review provided
5 Jul 2016, 7:48 a.m.
This was my first HF holiday, and I was very impressed with all aspects of the organisation.
Very good all round. Nice crowd, great food, adequate accommodation, well-guided walks. Weather could have been better, but that is beyond your control.
4 Jul 2016, 3:40 p.m.
It was my first HF holiday and I was most impressed. Very well organised.
The hotel looked after us very well and the food was excellent. There was entertainment in the evenings and the walk leaders were all helpful and friendly. I would certainly go there again.
4 Jul 2016, 2:24 p.m.
Everything you need for a good holiday in the UK is provided.
The leaders were very friendly as were the staff at the HF hotel.
4 Jul 2016, 11:53 a.m.
It was my first time with HF on a walking holiday. Loved the grading of walks, food, accommodation and evening entertainment. Staff very friendly.
Will book again.
4 Jul 2016, 11:41 a.m.
No review provided
First holiday with HF, excellent all round.
4 Jul 2016, 7:52 a.m.
Gerry a great leader
Dates & Prices
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|18 Nov 2016||AWBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Abingworth||3||£249.00||£249.00||Book Now|
|17 Mar 2017||AWBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Abingworth||3||£299.00||£239.00||Book Now|
|4 Aug 2017||AWBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Abingworth||3||£359.00||£299.00||Book Now|
|4 Aug 2017||AWBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Abingworth||7||£819.00||£699.00||Book Now|
|7 Aug 2017||AWBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Abingworth||4||£499.00||£424.00||Book Now|
|20 Oct 2017||AWBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Abingworth||3||£339.00||£279.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
- Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
- Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person