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White Cliffs & South Downs

Discover the Allure of England's Sussex Coast and High Weald: White Cliffs and Historic Battlegrounds. The countryside of the South Downs and the iconic Seven Sisters white cliffs have got to rank amongst the most remarkable views to enjoy on any walk.

  • South East England

  • 5 nights
  • Half Board
  • Coast & Islands

    Landscape

  • Sep

    Oct

Moderate

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Walking grade

Grade 4

Usually, your walk will take up the whole day at a moderate pace. Terrain will often be hilly and paths generally good. Note that on holidays in mountainous areas, expect some rougher paths. An average walk length is 6 miles but expect this to vary from as little as 3 miles on a sightseeing day and up to 10 miles on a full day dependant on the amount of ascent and decent required.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 6 miles; Ascent/Descent 500m; Terrain: sometimes hilly and undulating on good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s key walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit picturesque Alfriston & view The Long Man of Wilmington.
  • Explore England’s newest national park.
  • Iconic white cliff views and Heritage Coast panoramas from Beachy Head.
  • You'll be walking in the footsteps of William the Conqueror.
  • Visit the famous town of Battle, where an abbey built by William the Conqueror is located.

East Sussex invites walkers to traverse a diverse landscape, from invigorating coastal paths to the gentle undulations of hill country. It boasts the South Downs National Park and six miles of coastline, cherished as the Sussex Heritage Coast. The South Downs' bucolic charm and the iconic Seven Sisters' white cliffs offer vistas that rank among the most awe-inspiring in any walking adventure.

Our itinerary includes a section of the renowned 1066 Country Walk, passing through the historic village of Crowhurst. Another day, you'll embark on a circular journey from Alfriston, featuring the enigmatic 'Long Man of Wilmington', an ancient chalk figure etched into the hills. Your path will also wind through the charming smuggler’s village of Jevington, famously known as the birthplace of banoffee pie.

Undoubtedly, the walk between Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters Country Park stands as a highlight of your itinerary, boasting unrivalled coastal scenery along the white cliffs. This leg of the journey promises spectacular cliff-top panoramas that are sure to leave an indelible mark. You're poised to witness some of the finest natural beauty England has to offer on this extraordinary holiday.




  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on a half board basis
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (Battle Abbey is free to English Heritage members)
  • 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 to the Royal Victoria Hotel in St Leonards-on-Sea. Check in is from 2pm. Your leader will meet you for an evening briefing before dinner. 

All dinners will be taken in the hotel restaurant throughout your stay.

Day 2

Alfriston Circuit

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    315m

You will start your first walk in Alfriston where the National Trust acquired its first property, The Clergy House, in 1896. The clockwise down land circuit passes below The Long Man of Wilmington who is cut into the grassland and 235 feet tall. You pass churches in Folkington and Jevington, then head back past the Lullington Heath National Nature Reserve, and beside the Cuckmere River into Alfriston. The private coach then takes you back to the hotel.

Day 3

Beachy Head to Exceat via The Seven Sisters

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters are a series of chalk sea cliffs on the English Channel coast, and are a stretch of the sea-eroded section of the South Downs range of hills, in the county of East Sussex, in south-east England.

https://www.sevensisters.org.uk/

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    161/311m

Enjoy the iconic English white cliffs on a walk from Beachy Head to the Seven Sisters. A great day out with magnificent scenery. 

The coastal walk between Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters Visitor Centre by the Cuckmere River at Exceat offers spectacular views of the cliffs which are known as The Seven Sisters. En-route you see one of the nine memorials to the Robertson brothers, both of whom died separately in First World War battles.

Day 4

Pett to Hastings via part of the Saxon Shore Way

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    298/345m

Private transport takes you to the village of Pett, from where you head towards the coast via Market Wood. Joining the Saxon Shore Way, you proceed to Fairlight and up to the hilltop Radar Station. You will continue though the Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve and pass Ecclesbourne Reservoir to reach the East Lift funicular railway and descend to Hastings Old Town. There are some good coastal sections to walk along today.

Day 5

Highwoods to Battle

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Battle Abbey

Battle Abbey is a partially ruined Benedictine abbey in Battle, East Sussex, England. The abbey was built on the site of the Battle of Hastings and dedicated to St Martin of Tours. It is a Scheduled Monument.

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/1066-battle-of-hastings-abbey-and-battlefield/

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    233/196m

You will debus at the Highwoods car park and can have a stroll around the Site of Special Scientific Interest before setting off in a north-easterly direction towards Crowhurst through woodland and an agricultural landscape. Take a walk through Fore Wood Nature Reserve to arrive in the town of Battle with its partially ruined Benedictine Abbey operated by English Heritage.

Day 6

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Depart the Royal Victoria Hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 11am. 

We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

9th Sep 2024 - 14th Sep 2024 (5 Nights)

7th Oct 2024 - 12th Oct 2024 (5 Nights)

Travel Details

Private coach transport to and from the trailheads each walk day is included.

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.

Royal Victoria Hotel

The three-star Royal Victoria Hotel is situated on the seafront in the heart of St Leonards. The 50 bedroom hotel was built in 1828 by architect James Burton and is filled with charming period features, antique furnishings and a breath-taking Grade II listed marble staircase which leads to a welcoming Piano Lounge and Bar.

En suite bedroom facilities include:

  • Flatscreen TV with Freeview channels
  • Dressing table 
  • Tea & coffee making facilities 
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access

There are currently 6 car parking spaces on the hotel premises, and free unrestricted on-street parking all around the hotel. Otherwise there is a car park across the road from the hotel which is free from 9pm – 7am (7 days a week). The Marina Car Park is located on the A259 in St Leonards on Sea and the car park charging method is Pay and Display. Alternatively, RingGo Phone parking payments - the quick and easy mobile phone based service can be used. For a 24 hour period the charge is approximately £6.

Trip Information

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Holiday Grade

Usually, your walk will take up the whole day at a moderate pace. Terrain will often be hilly and paths generally good. Note that on holidays in mountainous areas, expect some rougher paths. An average walk length is 6 miles but expect this to vary from as little as 3 miles on a sightseeing day and up to 10 miles on a full day dependant on the amount of ascent and decent required.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 6 miles; Ascent/Descent 500m; Terrain: sometimes hilly and undulating on good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s key walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

Walks & Excursions

The East Sussex coast and inland hills provide fine scenery, diverse walking opportunities and bags of interest along the way. Your holiday will involve coastal lowland and inland rolling hill terrain, classic English white cliffs and lots of history along the way.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. 

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.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

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 administration, 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.

Leader's 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.

Your Travel Details

To reach St Leonards-on-Sea …

By car: Located on the marina of St Leonards on Sea. The nearest main town is Hastings. For directions, simply enter the hotel's post code into your Sat Nav: TN38 0BD. There is a small forecourt to the side of the Hotel for Residents use. There is also unrestricted parking around the perimeter of the building. 

Public transport: the nearest railway station is at St Leonards Warrior Square which is a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Trains are available from many locations including Brighton and London.  

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the hotel: www.rome2rio.com      

Route planning to and from St Leonards-on-Sea

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotel. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

Meeting your tour leader and fellow walkers: Please check the time of dinner (approximately 7pm) on arrival at the hotel and aim to be in the hotel lounge half an hour before dinner for an introduction to your tour leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.

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

This tour is on a half board basis. Breakfasts and dinners are offered at the hotel. Please note that lunches are not included on this holiday.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

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
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

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

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • 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)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

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 RWW15 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!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

The walks carried out on this holiday are covered by the following map:

Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps (1:25,000)
123 South Downs Way

124 Hastings & Bexhill

125 Romney Marsh

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.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel 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

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.


Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

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.

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.

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. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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