White cliffs and historic battlegrounds in a beautiful corner of England - the Sussex Coast and High Weald
See what's planned
- 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
- 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 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.
- Half board en-suite accommodation (breakfasts & dinners in the hotel)
- Private coach transport to and from the trailheads each walk day
- Services of a dedicated tour leader
What's not included?
- Entrance fees (Battle Abbey is free to English Heritage members)
- Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary tips
- Optional excursions
- Travel Insurance
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.
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
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.
Royal Victoria Hotel
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.
Royal Victoria Hotel
We start in Alfriston where the National Trust acquired its first property, The Clergy House, in 1896. Our clockwise down land 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. Our private coach then takes us back to the hotel.
Beachy Head to Exceat via The Seven Sisters
Royal Victoria Hotel
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.
Pett to Hastings via part of the Saxon Shore Way
Royal Victoria Hotel
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.
Highwoods to Battle
Royal Victoria Hotel
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.
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
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.
- Battle Abbey £ 14.00 (English Heritage members get free entry)
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.
Tour Leaders & Local Guides
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
Tel: 01684 593 146
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.
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.
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 & 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.
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
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.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for the future. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature
of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change
to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and
your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your
attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Ramblers Walking Holidays
Our office is open and our Sales & Reservations team are available to speak to you from:
- 09.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday
Please quote your Booking Reference number and Tour Code whenever contacting us.
We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
Our holiday walking grades
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.
Discover more about our walking grades