Walk the South Downs Short Break
|Resort:||South Downs National Park.|
Why book this trip?
A short break with beautiful walks and panoramic views exploring the South Downs National Park. From our comfortable hotel in Bramber we walk through pretty villages and rolling landscapes which have inspired literary greats such as Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury set.
DAY 1– Join trip in Bramber, Sussex
Arrive in the small village of Bramber, conveniently located near the South Downs National Park. Check in is possible from 3pm. There is a car park for hotel guests. If arriving by train, Pulborough Station is 25 minutes away by taxi and Shoreham-by-Sea is 10 minutes away. The hotel will be able to provide picnic lunches and the nearest shops are located close by in Steyning. Please note that during Covid there will not be a mini-bar fridge in your room.
The Tour Leader plans to meet you in reception at 6pm for the introductory briefing, followed by the option to enjoy a group meal (not included) to get acquainted with your fellow guests.
DAY 2– Circular Hike via Chanctonbury Ring; visit an award-winning Sussex winery
We start our first walk after breakfast directly from the hotel, quickly reaching the beautiful rural town of Steyning, which dates back to Anglo-Saxon times. Heading up onto the Downs we join the South Downs Way and walk along this ancient footpath in a westerly direction towards Chanctonbury Ring. This circular, bowl-like shape on Chanctonbury Hill marks the site of a pre-historic hill fort dating back to the late Bronze or early Iron Age. From here we head downhill to visit the Wiston Estate, named ‘winery of the year’ at the WineGB Awards in 2018. Here we will have a guided tour of the vineyard by a member of the Goring family and taste one of their award-winning sparkling wines. After wetting our whistles and some time for a picnic lunch, we ascend back up onto the Downs for the return walk to Bramber along a different route.
Today’s moderately-graded walk will take approximately 6-7 hours and will cover a distance of 19 kilometres with a total ascent of 800m and 800m descent.
DAY 3– Hike from Ditchling Beacon via Devil’s Dyke along the South Downs Way
After breakfast we travel by vehicle the short distance to Ditchling Beacon – once the site of an Iron Age hillfort – it is one of the highest points on the South Downs at 248m. We start our walk on the South Downs Way in westerly direction and before long we pass the Jack and Jill windmills at Clayton. We make our way to Devil’s Dyke, a 100m deep V-shaped valley, with stunning views north towards the Sussex Weald. After around two and a half hours we leave the South Downs with a steep descent that leads to the River Adur. Here we walk beside the river for about a mile before finally reaching Bramber and our hotel.
Today’s moderately-graded walk will take approximately 6-7 hours and will cover a distance of 21 kilometres with a total ascent of 550m and 650m descent.
DAY 4– Circular shorter walk with sea views from Lancing Hill. Tour ends.
To make the most of this short break we have planned a short walk today ending at around 2pm. You will need to check out of your room before the walk starts and can store luggage in reception. Today’s shorter circular walk retraces our steps through the village to the River Adur. We then follow the river path for about 4km towards the coast. We then head west walking up to Lancing Hill for far reaching sea views and the impressive and imposing Lancing College. The austere Gothic revival style college chapel built in 1868 is the largest school chapel in the world. Next we head north away from the coast up to Steep Down, onto Annington Hill before finally descending back to our hotel in Bramber. We aim to end the walk by 2pm, so you will be free to head home or explore the area further yourselves.
Today’s moderately-graded walk will take approximately 3-4 hours and will cover a distance of 14 kilometres with a total ascent of 150m and 150m descent.