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South Downs Ways

From chalk uplands towards the English Channel
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • rolling countryside, expansive views
  • explore Petworth, a renowned antiques centre
  • fine pub accommodation with good food

 

Humans have been walking the ridgeline of the South Downs for centuries, all taking in the views that found Virginia Woolf “overcome by beauty more extravagantly than one could expect.” Characterised by rolling chalk grassland, and presenting an enticing tableau of arable farmland, shady woodland and vineyards, inlaid with a network of quiet country lanes and walking trails – all within the protective embrace of England’s newest National Park – our chosen portion of West Sussex makes for exhilarating walking country.

The Downs… too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness, if only they would look.
     
Virginia Woolf (Diaries)

One highlight is an ancient ridgeway, which today has acquired the status of a National Trail, ‘The South Downs Way’. Indeed, a feature of this holiday is the borrowing of sections from this and other long-distance paths, such as ‘The Serpent Trail’, ‘The West Sussex Literary Trail’ and ‘The Monarch’s Way’. Add to this a trio of fine country inns offering good service and locally sourced food – as well a smattering of historic sites, ancient yew groves, manicured gardens and even a famous racecourse – and you have all the ingredients for a very enjoyable few days away.

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