3-Night South Downs Self-Guided Walking Holiday

south downs
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £295pp £245pp

Enjoy a break on the South Downs with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect Self-Guided Walking holiday. Our historic 4-star country house, peacefully located in the Sussex countryside, is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hearty local food, detailed route notes, and a relaxing location from which to explore this beautiful area.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on any walk of your choice to discover the varied beauty of the South Downs on foot
  • Admire panoramic sea and cliff views
  • Enjoy the use of our Discovery Point, stocked with maps and walks directions for exploring the local area
  • Visit charming English villages
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the rich history
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable house
  • Discover what makes the South Downs so special from the white cliffs to the sandy beaches
  • Evenings in our country house where you can share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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To make the most of your break use the Discovery Point at Abingworth Hall - the starting point for your outdoor adventure.

You'll find our recommended walking and cycling routes - detailed route notes for you to borrow contain route maps - and information about the places of interest on the walk. There's also a comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks.

Laid Back Walks

Our easiest routes, allowing plenty of time to savour the beautiful scenery. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

Thakeham - 2 miles
Thakeham & Warminghurst - 3 miles
Warminghurst & Little Thakeham - 4 miles

Leg Stretcher Walks

Some longer walks, including some stretches along the South Downs Way. Experience the true flavour of Sussex as you follow these varied routes.

West Chiltington & Thakeham - 6 miles
East Dean & the Seven Sisters - 6 miles
Ditchling Village and Beacon - 6 miles
Hurston Place & Nutbourne Common - 7 miles
Thakeham & Ashington - 7 miles

Full on Walks

For those who love to stride out for some longer walks.

Pulborough Brooks & West Chiltington - 9 miles
Pulborough Brooks & Parham Park - 9 miles
Beachy Head & the Seven Sisters - 9 miles
Littlehampton to Worthing - 9 miles
Storrington and the South Downs Way - 11 miles
Parham Park and the South Down's Way - 15 miles

Abingworth Hall

Tucked away in the village of Thakeham at the foot of the South Downs, Abingworth Hall has stood in one form another since the 13th century. Gutted by fire, it was rebuilt in 1910 in its current distinctive style. As well as 27 ensuite rooms the house has all the ingredients you need for the perfect country house stay: three comfortable lounges with squishy sofas to kick back in, the largest of which opens onto an attractive conservatory and bar in which to dally, great food and super-comfy rooms to retire to. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to walking here; go for a lazy amble around the wildlife rich chalk Downlands to discover a colourful tapestry of historic villages, thatched cottages, pastoral landscapes and vibrant market towns. Highlights of your stay might include the Seven Sisters, the Glorious Goodwood estate, the Devil’s Dyke and Chantonbury Ring, as well as Arundel and the National Trust property at Petworth. Take your pick.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the Hall’s smartly presented rooms, which make use of every nook-and-cranny in the interesting architecture of this characterful house. With 27 bedrooms, Abingworth Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Clean and bright, with accent colours to offset the simple palette, the rooms are airy and light. Better Rooms might have a feature wall or strong print wallpaper as well as pretty tiles in the ensuite bathroom.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, three lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day strolling on the South Downs, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax in the large gardens and sit by the pretty pond, turn your hand to croquet or practice on the putting green. Ease through a couple of lengths of the heated outdoor pool if you’ve still got energy to burn. Hole up in the light-filled conservatory with pretty views of the gardens or retire to the Drawing Room with its wood-panelled walls, log burner, library of books to browse and comfy seats to sink in to; there’s a telescope for you to scour the night sky too. In the evening, take your seat in the bar or join fellow guests in the large ballroom for the evening activity.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Abingworth Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room, which has a giant brick fireplace at its heart, hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of local Sussex flavours. Look out for the Sussex Churdle, a traditional, meaty ploughboy lunch, local Chiddingly beef cooked with black olives and Sussex smokies, smoked haddock served in a prawn sauce. Cap it all with a Sussex Pond Pudding, a pud that’s part of the honourable tradition of British dishes with names to pique the interest more than the appetite, which is actually bright and zingy, suety and syrupy all at the same time

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person. Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2020
14 Feb - 17 Feb
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06 Mar - 09 Mar
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03 Apr - 06 Apr
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14 Apr - 17 Apr
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01 May - 04 May
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08 May - 11 May
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22 May - 25 May
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29 May - 01 Jun
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19 Jun - 22 Jun
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17 Jul - 20 Jul
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24 Jul - 27 Jul
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31 Jul - 03 Aug
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04 Sep - 07 Sep
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11 Sep - 14 Sep
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18 Sep - 21 Sep
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02 Oct - 05 Oct
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09 Oct - 12 Oct
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30 Oct - 02 Nov
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06 Nov - 09 Nov
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Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

3 nights from £295pp £245pp

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