South Downs Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

Join other Solo travellers for guided walks on the South Downs

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  • Meadows & hills

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Choosing the level of your walks

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

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Holiday overview

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.

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Abingworth Hall in the South Downs

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

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

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

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

'Better' Rooms 

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

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

Only an extra £15 per person per night

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

At the house

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

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

Dining

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

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

Your evenings

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

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

Accessibility

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

More details on Abingworth accessibility

Additional information 

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

Itinerary

Discover the South Downs on Foot

Explore the beautiful countryside and rich history of Sussex and the South Downs on our guided walks. The wildlife-rich chalk downland is a colourful tapestry of historic villages, thatched cottages, pastoral landscapes of sweeping cornfields and market towns. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this beautiful landscape to life.

  • Our experienced guides offer the choice of three different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Abingworth Hall

May 2019

Tuesday: Amberley & the South Downs

Option 1: Amberley & Parham House                       

Parham House

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 450 feet (140m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Parham House is a fine Elizabethan residence, surrounded by an extensive deerpark.

Option 2: Amberley, The South Downs Way & Parham

South Downs Way at Bury Hill

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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

View of the South Downs ridge

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: The chalk downlands are a rich habitat for wild flowers. Look out for rare orchids and Common Blue butterflies.

Wednesday: The Iconic Seven Sisters

Option 1: Seven Sisters

Classic view of the Sever Sisters chalk cliffs

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

Beachy Head lighthouse

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

Seven Sisters 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.

 

Thursday:  Through Cowdray Park to Petworth

Option 1: Cowdray & Petworth Park

Lake and parkland at Petworth

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Our walk passes by 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: Midhurst to Petworth

Petworth House with a dramatic sky

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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: Through the Rother Valley

River Rother at Stedham Mill

Distance: 11½ miles (18km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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.

September 2019

Saturday: Pulborough to Abingworth Hall 

Option 1: West Chiltington

Four walkers

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

Historic small church at Wiggonholt

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

Shoveler Duck

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

Classic view of the Sever Sisters chalk cliffs

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

Beachy Head lighthouse

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

Seven Sisters 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: The Glorious Goodwood Estate

Option 1: West Dean Gardens

West Dean gardens

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240km)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk through the Sussex countryside to the village of Singleton, then ascend onto the Downs to the top of the Trundle, overlooking Goodwood Racecourse.

Don’t miss: The walk ends at the highly recommended West Dean Gardens (admission payable). Discover the water garden, rich herbaceous borders, and the Edwardian walled kitchen garden.

Option 2: The Trundle

View from the top of the Trundle

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend through the woodland of the Drovers Estate to Levin Down Nature Reserve and the villages of Charlton and Singleton. After ascending the Trundle, we follow the West Sussex Literary Trail to West Dean Gardens.

Don’t miss: The Trundle is a fantastic viewpoint from where you can gaze down on Gooodwood racecourse and the cathedral city of Chichester.

Option 3: West Sussex circuit

South Downs Way

Distance: 12½ miles (20km)

Total ascent: 1,950 feet (580m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our circuit through West Sussex takes in the Trundle, before heading west over rolling hills to the Kingley Vale nature reserve and the curiously named Devil's Humps. We return along the Monarch's Way to West Dean.

Don’t miss: Look out for the Devil's Humps, considered to be some of Britain's finest Bronze Age burial chambers, dating to around 500BC.

 

Wednesday: River Valleys & Petworth

Option 1: Burton Park & Petworth House

Exterior of 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 optional walk around the surrounding parkland.

Don’t miss: We pass by 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: Duncton Down to Petworth          

Four walkers in Sussex

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 to Petworth

View from Duncton Hill

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 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

Sussex signpost

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

Purple orchid

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

South Downs Way

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.

Local area

Discover Sussex and the South Downs

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

Travel

Travel to Abingworth

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

How to get to us by train

By train:

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

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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

Driving to us

By car:

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

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

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

Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

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

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

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

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6 May 2019 AWBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Abingworth 4 £529.00 £474.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £55 Per Person Book Now
6 Sep 2019 AWBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Abingworth 3 £375.00 £335.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £40 Per Person Book Now
6 Sep 2019 AWBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Abingworth 7 £879.00 £779.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Summer Early Booking OFFER Book Now
9 Sep 2019 AWBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Abingworth 4 £529.00 £474.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £55 Per Person Book Now

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