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Sociable walking, sunlit meadows, and the famous chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hostel
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple options available
    1 - 2

We’re off to the very south of England for this gentle walking weekend discovering the beautiful scenery of the South Downs. Join a friendly group on a weekend of easy guided walks seeing the best bits of this world famous area.

The South Downs are the UK’s youngest National Park, a series of rolling chalk hills, meadows, woods and valleys that run along the south-east coast of England. Their flower-rich meadows attract visitors from all over, and the famous white cliffs of the ‘Seven Sisters’ are an icon of the British landscape.

A social walking weekend along the South Downs.

The rolling nature of the hills, and the huge range of paths, means that there are endless options for excellent walks where we can explore the beauty of the area. Alongside walking, there are some excellent pubs and cafés to indulge in, and definitely a beer garden or two to soak up the famous southern sun.

Dates:

  • Friday 20th March – Sunday 22nd March 2020

A social walking weekend along the South Downs.

In a nutshell:

  • Enjoy a weekend of easy guided walks in the South Downs, including visiting the famous Seven Sisters on Saturday.
  • Relax in our accommodation and enjoy a drink or two with a friendly group of fellow wanderers.
  • Soak up the sunshine, sample the local cafés, and generally let us sort out the walks and the food while you enjoy yourself!
  • Find out what makes the South Downs so special, whether it’s wildlife, incredible sea views, or cake.

A social walking weekend along the South Downs.

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Friday

You’re welcome to arrive from 5pm at the accommodation, where you’ll be able to get a hot drink and settle into the peaceful pace of life of the countryside. We’ll be serving the evening meal at 8pm, when we’ll go through the plans for the weekend.

Saturday

After a sit-down breakfast and the chance to make a packed lunch we’re off on our walk. This day is all about the fantastic chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters; this series of valleys, ending in the white cliffs overlooking the English Channel, is a walk you won’t forget. Incredible sea views, the lighthouse at Beachy Head, and perhaps a visit to the pub at Birling Gap all await us!

After the walk there’ll be plenty of time for relaxation and cups of tea before we dig into the evening meal.

A social walking weekend along the South Downs.

Sunday

Today we head out on a half-day walk, finishing at around 1pm, to see more of the area. We could find ourselves exploring the hill meadows, following a river, or maybe exploring one of the wildlife-rich woodlands in the local area. We’ll finish the walk somewhere we can get lunch as a group.

Good to know:

Venue Address:

1 Dean Rd,
Eastbourne
BN20 8ES

A social walking weekend along the South Downs.

What’s Included:

  • 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
  • 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
  • Welcome meal on the Friday plus evening meal on Saturday. Breakfasts and packed lunches for Saturday’s walk.
  • As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.

The Basics:

Age Limit:  You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.

Dogs:  I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

Arrival Time:  You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

Solo Travellers:  This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.

Vegetarian or Vegan: We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.

We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.

Ticket / room types:

Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel based trips.

If you make one booking for a group of people we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.

Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.

Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…

Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.

Useful Links:

Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…

For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page

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Eastbourne
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What our members have to say...

  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
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    Elizabeth
    Member Since 2016
  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
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    Claire
    Member Since 2016
  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
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    Vanessa
    Member Since 2018
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