South Downs Through a Lens

Abingworth

Code: AWEPT

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Activity types:

  • Food & drink
  • Free WiFi
  • Meadows & hills
  • Outdoors
From £924.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Capture the rich tapestry of the South Downs on camera. Explore and photograph both the iconic and the quirky that make our land and coast unique.

From the cottages and castles, flower-rich meadows, hills and heathland and designer gardens, unveil the true essence of this location.

Our expert leader will give you the expertise you need to get the best out of your camera and that inspirational vista. During the course of each day we will walk up to a maximum of 3 miles (5km). 

Holiday highlights

  • Spend most of the day outdoors seeking out the best light and the best images
  • Small sociable group of like-minded people
  • Evenings offer opportunities for further tuition, or the chance to review the day's photographs

Price includes

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • Guidance and tuition from a knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
  • All essential transport to photography locations, via mini-coach or other mode of transport e.g. boat

 

In pictures...

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

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better rooms 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea.

Photographing iconic cliffs at chalky Beachy Head and the famous Seven Sisters 

On our first day out we’ll visit the iconic chalk cliffs where the South Downs meet the sea. The first location will be Beachy Head, and then west a little to the Seven Sisters Country Park, where a walk of a mile and bit each way gives us a view of the famous Seven Sisters cliffs.

Exploring with our cameras locally at Abingworth and Sullington Warren

We’ll meet up for a while in the morning for some tuition and discussion, and then explore a bit of the local area on foot, including the grounds of Abingworth Hall itself and the local National Trust reserve of Sullington Warren. We’ll have time to review our photos so far later in the day.

Taking images at remarkable Devil's Dyke and panoramic Bramber Castle

The main focus today is a trip to the remarkable landscape feature of the Devil’s Dyke, the longest, deepest and widest ‘dry valley’ in the UK. Our return route will take in Bramber Castle; although little of this Norman castle survives, the site offers panoramic views over the countryside. We’ll get back in good time to have a session reviewing the day’s photos and a bit of tuition.

Free day

Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.

Arundel and Amberley - Sussex Towns on camera 

Today we take a look at the urban landscape of the South Downs, starting with a trip to the historic market town of Arundel. We'll take in some views of its famous castle, as well exploring the streets and architecture. On the way back, we will also have time to visit the picturesque village of Amberley.

Forts and Gardens at Cissbury Ring and Highdown Gardens

The South Downs has too many hillforts to visit all of them, but today we’ll go to Cissbury Ring, the largest in Sussex, which offers commanding views over the local landscape, though it does require a climb to get the benefit of this! For a more intimate and less energetic landscape, we’ll move on to Highdown Gardens, which will provide a colourful and leisurely finale for the holiday.  Back at the house, we’ll have have chance to review our best photos from the holiday.

Departure Day

Depart after a leisurely breakfast

What to Bring

  • your camera and other essential accessories
  • memory card
  • battery and charger
  • your camera’s instruction manual (electronic copy will be OK if you don’t have a printed one)
  • waterproof clothing and outdoor footwear, ideally walking boots
  • bag for your camera equipment, spare clothing, lunch, water, etc
  • notebook and pencil (pencils work better in the rain!)
  • a laptop plus accessories for viewing, editing and sharing images (whilst it’s not absolutely essential, bringing your own laptop will mean you get more from your photography holiday if you shoot digital)

Optional camera accessories (remember you will have to carry some of these)

  • spare memory cards
  • a spare camera battery (otherwise the battery runs out just as you see your best ever photo!)
  • a spare camera (you never know)
  • a small selection of lenses if you have them: wide angle, telephoto, macro, for example
  • filters: neutral density, graduated, polarising, if you have them
  • memory stick or CD for storing images
  • a tripod, or monopod if you feel more comfortable with one
  • camera rain-protector—a shower cap or plastic bag, or something more expensive if you prefer

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.

Leaders

Martin Edwards

Martin is a professional photographer and an experienced photography teacher and workshop leader, running photography activities at all levels from beginner to postgraduate. He is also a keen walker and enjoys the outdoors.

Martin believes that photography is fun, and that everybody can produce great photos and develop their own style, with practice. Photography with like-minded people is a great way to do this, and his holidays emphasise both the individual’s way of working and being part of a group.

Very knowledgeable and nothing was too much trouble, a first class leader.

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12 Jul 2019 AWEPT - South Downs Through A Lens - Abingworth 7 £989.00 £924.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £65 Per Person Book Now

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