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South Downs Discovery

Fall in love with England’s newest National Park.

  • South East England

  • 5 nights
  • Half Board
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  • Adagio

Tour codes: 50050

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Adagio

Our range of Adagio leisurely walking holidays and sightseeing tours are designed at a slower pace than the average Ramblers Walking Holidays, perfect for those who would like to slow things down but keep active. 

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
  • A guide takes us on 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.

We 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. We stay in the charming Norfolk Arms Hotel located in the centre of Arundel. 

Our holiday includes a walk on part of the Seven Sisters where the limestone hills reach the sea at impressive cliffs. There is also a day spent in and around the attractive city of Chichester and Bosham, at Chichester Harbour, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We spend a day in Arundel visiting its historical museum and spectacular castle before enjoying a delicious afternoon tea. A guide takes us on 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. 

  • Services of a dedicated Adagio leader
  • All local transport costs and entrance fees
  • Half board accommodation
  • An afternoon tea
  • Guided tour of the Weald and Downland Museum
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

 Independent arrival at the Norfolk Arms Hotel in Arundel. Check-in is from 3 pm. An afternoon orientation walk of Arundel will be led by your Adagio Leader.

Day 2

Bosham and Chichester

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    1.5 miles

We 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.  We may have some free time here to explore the village before following a footpath to Chichester.

  • Time

    2-3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

We walk to Chichester and explore its city wall, built 1800 years ago with an extraordinary 80% of the original structure still standing! We discover the heart of the city with free time to explore the Cathedral or some of its quaint little tea rooms.

Day 3

Arundel

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our day starts with a visit to the Arundel Museum to learn about the story of the town and its thousands of years of history. We spend the afternoon in England’s second-largest castle, the glorious Arundel Castle and its colourful gardens. Set high on the hill overlooking the town, we will explore its 1000 years of history and picturesque grounds. Our afternoon ends with a delicious afternoon tea in a pretty Arundel tearoom.

Day 4

The Seven Sisters

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 - 3.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

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.  Our walk will take us 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 Garden

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

A guided tour will help us to discover the Weald and Downland Living Museum, which has now become famous for the BBC 'Repair Shop' TV series. We 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

Half Board

Our discovery of the South Downs has come to an end. Please ensure you check out of the hotel by 11 am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.  

Departure dates for your selected tour

19th Sep 2021 - 24th Sep 2021 (5 Nights)

3rd Oct 2021 - 8th Oct 2021 (5 Nights)

19th Jun 2022 - 24th Jun 2022 (5 Nights)

17th Jul 2022 - 22nd Jul 2022 (5 Nights)

18th Sep 2022 - 23rd Sep 2022 (5 Nights)

2nd Oct 2022 - 7th Oct 2022 (5 Nights)

Travel Details

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

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:

The nearest train station is Arundel which is 0.6 mile. It is a 10-minute walk or a 3-minute drive. We recommend pre-booking 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 pre-booking 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

We 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. 

We stay in twin, double and single bedded en suite 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 free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, telephone and hairdryer.

Parking at the hotel is £5 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.

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Transport Costs

We include the local travel costs using private hire coaches. Our Adagio Leader will arrange everything. You just need to be at the right place at the right time.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers.  If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.

Your Group

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.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights.  They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people.  They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.  

Your 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. Our Adagio 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. 

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

Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

We include breakfast and dinners at the hotel and 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.

Arundel

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.

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

We recommend you bring the following items with you:

  • Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers. 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
  • A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
  • Sun cream. 
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
  • A water bottle.  (see Water-to-Go below)
  • A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
  • A simple basic first aid kit.
  • A daypack to hold all the above.
  • Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)

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

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

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: [email protected]

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 can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

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

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

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

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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