South Downs Spring & Winter Walking Holiday

Great guided walks - specially adjusted for the season


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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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From £299.00 - 3 to 7 nights


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Holiday overview

Guided Walking continues throughout the year. Spring and Winter offer fantastic walking days on the South Downs - blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a great selection of guided walks with us.

Between November and Easter we carefully adjust our usual walks to suit the season. We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom - perfect for warming up after an invigorating walk.

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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.


'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.


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.


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


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 a choice of walks each day, adjusted for the season
  • We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom
  • 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

New walks for 2019 - The Glorious Goodwood Estate

Available on: 2 Nov 2019, 9 Nov 2019

Option 1: West Dean Gardens

West Dean gardens

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

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 Goodwood racecourse and the cathedral city of Chichester.

Option 3: West Sussex Circuit

Cotswold scenery

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Total ascent: 1330 feet (400m)

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.


New walks for 2019 -Through Cowdray Park to Petworth

Available on: 3 Nov 2019, 10 Nov 2019

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.

New walks for 2019 - Amberley & The South Downs

Available on: 5 Nov 2019, 12 Nov 2019, 19 Nov 2019

Option 1: Amberley & Parham Park

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 to the English Channel.

Option 3: Amberley & The South Downs

View of the South Downs ridge

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

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: This elevated section of the South Downs Way affords unrivalled views over the Arun Valley.

New walks for 2019 - Arundel & the Lower Arun Valley

Available on: 6 Nov 2019, 13 Nov 2019, 20 Nov 2019

Option 1:Arundel Park

Exterior of Arundel Castle

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk takes us through the landscaped grounds of Arundel Park to the pretty hamlet of South Stoke, returning alongside the River Arun.

Don’t miss: At the end of the walk there's time to explore historic Arundel with its impressive cathedral and Norman castle, the seat of the Duke of Norfolk.

Option 2: Arun Valley Circuit

Walkers in Sussex

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: A circular route which begins through Arundel Park. After crossing the River Arun we'll continue through open countryside to the village of Burpham, before returning alongside the river to Arundel. 

Don’t miss: The Arun Valley is a haven for a variety of wintering wildfowl. You may also see Lapwings, Redshanks and Snipes.

Option 3: Forest & Downs to Arundel

Views from the South Downs Way

Distance: 10 miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow woodland and downland paths to Arundel. Along the way we'll walk part of the Monarch's Way and pass through the pretty village of Slindon.

Don’t miss: Enjoy great views of Arundel as we descend from the Downs. The Monarch's Way follows the route of King Charles II as he made his escape from the Battle of Worcester.

New walks for 2019 - The Iconic Seven Sisters

Available on: 7 Nov 2019, 14 Nov 2019, 21 Nov 2019

Option 1: Seaford Head & the Seven Sisters

Classic view of the Sever Sisters chalk cliffs

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 450 feet (140m)

The walk in a nutshell: This walk takes you to the classic viewpoint of the Seven Sisters from the west bank of the Cuckmere River. Starting from Seaford and walking east, the outward ascent of Seaford Head is steep, but there is a good path and the subsequent views of the Seven Sisters are just breath-taking. After lunch at the Cuckmere Inn we enjoy a meander along the Cuckmere River.

Don’t miss: Take time to savour the outstanding coastal scenery and one of the best views of the Seven Sisters.


Option 2: Birling Gap & the Seven Sisters

Beachy Head lighthouse

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting right on the coast with the chalk cliffs of Birling Gap, we walk along the Seven Sisters coastal path to Cuckmere Haven. Once down at the river it’s a short walk up to the Cuckmere Inn for lunch. After lunch, we walk out to the classic viewpoint of the Seven Sisters from the west bank of the Cuckmere River.

Don’t miss: Enjoy magnificent sea views as we walk atop the iconic chalk cliffs or Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters - a memorable day of breathtaking scenery.

Option 3: Beachy Head & the Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters cliffs

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.



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.



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.

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.

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

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. or

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.



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.


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.


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

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway station is at Pulborough. For train times and general rail enquiries visit 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. Please try to avoid arriving at Pulborough station between 2.45pm and 3.20pm as there may not be taxis available for your onward journey to Abingworth Hall. 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 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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