Spring & Winter Walking at Abingworth

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Holiday overview

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Abingworth Hall is set up so beautifully for spring & winter walking, why not join us on a walking holiday in February, March or November.

This seasonal walking comes with a choice of two walks, specially adapted to highlight the best of the season, and includes a hot lunch in a cosy pub or tearoom. Perfect for warming up after your morning walk, before lacing back up and heading out again!

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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.

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• 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
Family Rooms
• 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

Facilities

• 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) 

Dining

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

An example of Abingworth evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just 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 up to two different walks each day, adjusted for the season
  • On these holidays we'll stop for a hot lunch in a local pub
  • 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

Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay

Amberley & the South Downs - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 27 Feb 2018, 6 Mar 2018, 17 Mar 2018, 27 Oct 2018, 3 Nov 2018, 10 Nov 2018

Option 1: 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: South Downs Way

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 the English Channel.


Scenic South Downs - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 28 Feb 2018, 7 Mar 2018, 18 Mar 2018, 28 Oct 2018, 4 Nov 2018, 11 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch in a local pub.

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

South Downs Way

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.


Devil's Dyke & Ditchling Beacon - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 14 Mar 2018, 21 Mar 2018, 31 Oct 2018, 7 Nov 2018, 14 Nov 2018, 21 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: Clayton Windmills

Two Clayton windmills

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240km)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend to Clayton Windmils on the crest of the Downs. We'll follow the South Downs Way over Ditchling Beacon then descend the escarpment to Ditchling village.

Don’t miss: We'll pass the iconic Clayton windmills. 'Jill' is a a wooden post mill from 1822, whilst 'Jack' is a brick tower mill from 1864.

Option 2: Devil's Dyke

Devil's Dyke

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk atop the Downs from Devil's Dyke to Ditchling Beacon, following the South Downs Way for much of the walk.

Don’t miss: Devil's Dyke is a natural valley high on the Downs. Its hard to imagine that this peaceful beauty spot was once a Victorian tourist attraction complete with a railway, observatory and cable-car.


Seven Sisters - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 15 Mar 2018, 22 Mar 2018, 1 Nov 2018, 8 Nov 2018, 15 Nov 2018, 22 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch in a local pub.

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.

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:

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.

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.

Dates & Prices

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26 Feb 2018 AWSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Abingworth 4 £425.00 £425.00 Book Now
12 Mar 2018 AWSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Abingworth 4 £425.00 £300.00 Save £75 off pp - 4 night special Book Now
12 Mar 2018 AWSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Abingworth 7 £699.00 £574.00 Top Early Booking Offer - Save £125 Per Person Book Now
16 Mar 2018 AWSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Abingworth 3 £325.00 £285.00 Save £40 off pp - 3 night special Book Now
16 Mar 2018 AWSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Abingworth 7 £699.00 £574.00 Top Early Booking Offer - Save £125 Per Person Book Now
19 Mar 2018 AWSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Abingworth 4 £425.00 £300.00 Save £75 off pp - 4 night special Book Now
23 Mar 2018 AWSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Abingworth 3 £325.00 £285.00 Save £40 off pp - 3 night special Book Now
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29 Oct 2018 AWSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Abingworth 4 £425.00 £300.00 Save £75 off pp - 4 night special Book Now
2 Nov 2018 AWSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Abingworth 3 £325.00 £285.00 Save £40 off pp - 3 night special Book Now
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5 Nov 2018 AWSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Abingworth 4 £425.00 £300.00 Save £75 off pp - 4 night special Book Now
9 Nov 2018 AWSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Abingworth 3 £325.00 £285.00 Save £40 off pp - 3 night special Book Now
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12 Nov 2018 AWSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Abingworth 4 £425.00 £300.00 Save £75 off pp - 4 night special Book Now
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