The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
White cliffs and historic battlegrounds in a beautiful corner of England - the Sussex Coast and High Weald
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 70505
Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.
Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.
Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.
East Sussex offers diverse walking terrain, from invigorating walking along the coast, to rolling hill country landscapes. It is home to the South Downs National Park and six miles of coastline which has been designated as the Sussex Heritage Coast. 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.
We feature a section of the 1066 Country Walk, and pass the village of Crowhurst. Another day, we will walk a circular walk from Alfriston, taking in the ‘Long Man of Wilmington’, an outline cut into the chalk of the hills. We'll also walk through the old smuggler’s village of Jevington, incidentally the home of banoffee pie.
Our walk between Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters Country Park is arguably the most iconic in our programme, with white cliff coastal scenery served up along the way. This is a highlight of the holiday due to the spectacular cliff-top panoramas you will experience. You’ll certainly experience some of the finest of what England has to offer on this holiday.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
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.
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.
We start in Alfriston where the National Trust acquired its first property, The Clergy House, in 1896. Our clockwise downland circuit passes below The Long Man of Wilmington who is cut into the grassland and 235 feet tall. We pass churches in Folkington and Jevington, then head back past the Lullington Heath National Nature Reserve, and beside the Cuckmere River into Alfriston.
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 we see one of the nine memorials to the Robertson brothers, both of whom died separately in First World War battles.
Private transport takes us to the village of Pett, from where we head towards the coast via Market Wood. Joining the Saxon Shore Way, we proceed to Fairlight and up to the hilltop Radar Station. We 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 today.
We 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. We walk through Fore Wood Nature Reserve to arrive in the town of Battle with its partially ruined Benedictine Abbey operated by English Heritage.
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
19th Jun 2021 - 24th Jun 2021 (5 Nights)
31st Jul 2021 - 5th Aug 2021 (5 Nights)
11th Sep 2021 - 16th Sep 2021 (5 Nights)
Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.
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 3 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 breathtaking Grade II listed marble staircase which leads to a welcoming Piano Lounge and Bar.
En suite bedroom facilities include:
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. For a 24 hour period the charge is approximately £6.
This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.
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
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
The cost of any entrance fees to sites visited is not included in the holiday price.
Please consider the following entrance fee when budgeting for your holiday.
These prices are approximate and may be subject to change.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
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
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 that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold 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 properly manage your holiday booking. 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.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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 & 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
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
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.
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.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth 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.
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.
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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