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South Downs Discovery

Fall in love with England’s newest National Park.

  • South East England

  • 5 nights
  • Half Board
  • Culture

    Coast & Islands

  • Sep

Leisurely

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Tour codes: 50050

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Adagio Collection

The perfect blend of guided shorter walks, sightseeing trips, and quality accommodation for a more leisurely way to discover the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the cathedral city of Chichester and its scenic harbour.
  • Spend the afternoon in England’s second largest castle, the glorious Arundel Castle and its colourful gardens.
  • Capture the panoramic coastal views of the distant Seven Sisters during our walk to Seaford Head Nature Reserve.
  • Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in Arundel.
  • Take a fascinating journey through the Weald and Downland Living Museum.
  • Visit the pretty town of Bosham on Chichester harbour.

The South Downs is England’s newest National Park, stretching from Hampshire to East Sussex. With 3,300km of footpaths, byways and bridleways, it’s a walkers paradise. Offering a combination of dramatic coastlines, pretty villages, rolling chalk hills, ancient woodland and glorious cities, it is the ideal place to unwind in and rediscover the beauty of the UK.

You'll stay in Arundel, a scenic market town in West Sussex. It is an ideal location with thousands of years of history displayed within its traditional buildings, glorious castle and cathedral. Its pretty streets are filled with locally run independent, antique and craft shops and you'll also find a selection of tea rooms, art galleries, restaurants, and cafes. Stay in the charming Norfolk Arms Hotel located in the centre of Arundel. 

Your holiday includes a walk along the beautiful coastal cliffs to the Seaford Head Nature Reserve with panoramic views of the distant Seven Sisters where the limestone hills reach the sea at impressive cliffs. Enjoy a day spent at Chichester Harbour, An Area of Outstanding National Beauty. Spend a day in Arundel visiting its historical museum and spectacular castle before enjoying a delicious afternoon tea. Take a fascinating journey through the Weald and Downland Museum, now famous for the BBC 'Repair Shop' TV series. This holiday offers an eclectic mix of walking, history and culture. 


  • En suite four-star hotel accommodation on half board basis.
  • An afternoon tea in Arundel.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train.
  • Entrance to the Weald and Downland Museum.
  • Entrance to the Arundel Castle and Museum.
  • Entrance to the West Deans Garden.
  • All local tips.
  • Services of an Adagio Tour Leader.
  • Hotel parking charge of £6 per car per night
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Lunches
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent arrival at the Norfolk Arms Hotel in Arundel. Check in is from 3pm. 

An afternoon orientation walk of Arundel will be led by your leader. Should you wish to join this short walk, your leader intends to leave the hotel at approximately 4.30pm.

Day 2

Bosham to Chichester

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    1.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    8m

Upon arrival in Chichester, an additional walk is available where you explore the city's remarkable 1800-year-old city wall, with an extraordinary 80% of the original structure still standing! Delve into the heart of the city, with free time to explore the Cathedral or enjoy some of its quaint little tea rooms.

  • Time

    2 - 3 hours

  • Distance

    4.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    13/30m

Transfer to the pretty village of Bosham on Chichester harbour, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is home to a wide variety of birds and a popular place for photographers and nature lovers. Enjoy some free time to explore the charming village before following a footpath that leads to Chichester. 

Day 3

Arundel

Meals

Breakfast, Afternoon Tea & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is dedicated to sightseeing. Begin the day with a visit to Arundel Museum to delve into the town's fascinating history spanning thousands of years. We spend the afternoon in England’s second largest castle, the glorious Arundel Castle and its vibrant gardens. Set high on the hill overlooking the town, you will explore its 1000 years of history and picturesque grounds. The afternoon ends with a delicious afternoon tea in a pretty Arundel tearoom.

Day 4

The Seven Sisters

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    146m

The Seven Sisters, a series of dramatic chalk cliffs along this beautiful stretch of the coast... a view not to be missed on a trip to the South Downs. A trail takes you alongside peaceful marshlands and pastures before rising gently to a viewpoint at Seaford Head Nature Reserve from where the most spectacular panoramic views of these famous cliffs can be seen as they rise majestically from the deep blue sea below.

Day 5

Weald and Downland Museum, and West Deans Gardens

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today you have the opportunity to discover the Weald and Downland Living Museum, which has now become famous for the BBC 'Repair Shop' TV series. Take a short trip across to the picturesque West Dean Gardens, a scenic rejuvenated historic haven full of creativity. Wander through the Victorian glasshouses to the walled garden kitchen filled with fresh fruit and vegetables. Take the winding path through the spring grounds to the stone bridges above the steady stream. A perfect day to finish the holiday.

Day 6

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Your discovery of the South Downs has come to an end. Please ensure you check out of the hotel by 11am. 

Departure dates for your selected tour

8th Sep 2024 - 13th Sep 2024 (5 Nights)

Travel Details

Check-in at the hotel is from 3:00pm. Our Adagio Leader will meet with you prior to your evening dinner for a group welcome meeting. Your leader will also offer a local walk in the afternoon, leaving from the hotel at approximately 4:00pm.  

To reach the hotel by car:

From A27/A284 roundabout, take the exit signposted Town Centre. Continue along Maltravers Street for 0.3 miles. The road will veer left onto New Cut and then merge to the right onto High Street. Follow High Street and you will see the Norfolk Arms Hotel on your left. 

To park, continue passed the hotel and turn left onto Mill Lane. You will see the car park in front and to the left beyond the Indian restaurant. 

To reach the hotel by train:

Nearest train station is Arundel which is 0.6 mile. It is a 10 minute walk or a 3 minute drive. We recommend to pre-book a taxi such as Castle Cars 01903884444 or A-Cab 07747011694.  

To reach the hotel by air:

Brighton City Airport is 15 miles away and Gatwick Airport is 41 miles away. We recommend to pre book a taxi to Arundel.

Route planning to and from Arundel: 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find the hotel. 

An excellent website to assist in your travel plans is Rome2Rio.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

The Norfolk Arms Hotel

Arundel is a scenic market town in West Sussex. It is an ideal location with thousands of years of history displayed within its traditional buildings and its glorious castle and cathedral. Its quintessential streets are filled with locally run independent, antique and craft shops. You'll find a selection of tea rooms, art galleries, restaurants, and cafes. Arundel is home to an annual arts, food, and flower festivals. Across the River Arun is Arundel’s Wildfowl and Wetlands trust, an open natural habitat home to over 50 species of wildfowl. There is plenty to see in this charming little town.

You'll stay in the charming and traditional Norfolk Arms Hotel located in the centre of Arundel. This Georgian style inn is full of character and only a short stroll away from the scenic River Arun, Arundel castle, restaurants, cafes, shops, and bars. 

You'll stay in twin, double and single bedded rooms. Although the rooms are smaller and the ceilings are low, they have been recently refurbished with a charming atmosphere and traditional décor. Rooms include:

  • En suite rooms
  • Free WIFI
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • TV
  • Telephone 
  • Hairdryer.

Parking at the hotel is £6 per car per night and is not included in the holiday cost. 

Please also be aware that there is no lift in the hotel.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind. 

There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants. 

This Grade 2 holiday includes a busy sightseeing programme with longer days than some Adagio holidays. Some of the walks on this holiday include steep paths, ascents and descents on steps and cobbled paths. Although some of these ascents and descents are steep, they are also short. Walks are between 3-5 miles, with minimal ascent and descent.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Local Transport Costs

We include the local travel costs using private hire coaches when necessary. 

Our Adagio Leader will arrange everything. You just need to be at the right place at the right time.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Your Group

Your Leader

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations. Your tour leader takes care of all the local, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

Check-in at the hotel is from 3:00pm. Your leader will meet with you prior to your evening dinner for a group welcome meeting. Your leader will also offer a local walk in the afternoon, leaving at 4:00pm.  

To reach the hotel by car:

From A27/A284 roundabout, take the exit signposted Town Centre. Continue along Maltravers Street for 0.3 miles. The road will veer left onto New Cut and then merge to the right onto High Street. Follow High Street and you will see the Norfolk Arms Hotel on your left. 

To park, continue passed the hotel and turn left onto Mill Lane. You will see the car park in front and to the left beyond the Indian restaurant (chargeable). 

To reach the hotel by train:

Nearest train station is Arundel which is 0.6 mile. It is a 10 minute walk or a 3 minute drive. We recommend to prebook a taxi such as Castle Cars 01903884444 or A-Cab 07747011694.  

To reach the hotel by air:

Brighton City Airport is 15 miles away and Gatwick Airport is 41 miles away. We recommend to pre book a taxi to Arundel.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Meals

Breakfast and dinners at the hotel are included in the holiday. You can expect delicious home cooked and traditional dishes made from fresh locally sourced produce.

A delightful afternoon tea is included in Arundel. 

Lunches are not included in the holiday price.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every traveller is different and may have their own preference.

Holiday Specific Kit

In addition, we recommend that you bring a flask with you on your walks each day. Due to the time of year, it is sensible to bring a hot drink out with you to help keep warm.  

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Maps & Guidebooks

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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