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Hiking and Kayaking in the South Downs

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Reconnect with nature as you hike and kayak through quintessential English countryside

  • Duration

    4 days

  • Meals

    3 Breakfasts, 2 Picnic Lunches, 3 Dinners

  • Group Size

    Maximum 18 people

  • Team

    Local Host

Southease

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Host for Hiking and Kayaking in the South Downs

Matt

Your Host for this trip is Matt. Matt is an outdoor enthusiast, with a passion for exploring his home country. Nothing makes him happier than showing off one of England’s most beautiful regions to his travellers and sharing his insider knowledge on the best places to eat, explore and take those magic Instagram shots. Alongside Matt, you’ll meet our Professional and Experienced Walking and Kayaking Guides – Rich and Adrian. They have been guiding in the South Downs National Park for years and know where to find all the best spots to Hike and Paddle no matter your ability level. Together, our team will make sure your mini break in the South Downs is one to remember forever.

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DAY 1

Building and path

Southease

Let’s switch off real life as we meet for a welcome dinner in the local pub in the pretty village of Southease. A collection of idyllic cottages, grouped around a church dating from the time of William the Conqueror, it’s right on the South Downs Way, which stretches 100 tranquil miles across Hampshire, East and West Sussex to Winchester in the west.

DAY 2

Cliffs at South Downs

South Downs National Park

After breakfast today we’ll begin exploring the South Downs National Park, established in 2009, yet covering some of England’s oldest and most beautiful countryside. Think green pastures, ancient woodlands, river valleys and dramatic coastline. A half day hike with our local expert guide, will take us from the River Ouse through the rolling hills, coasting ridges that offer tantalising views of the sea. We’ll pause for a picnic lunch and appreciate the opportunity to properly get away from it all.

Lewes

The afternoon is free to explore the beautiful county town of Lewes where medieval streets, ancient churches and tiny twittens (a Sussex word for alleyways!) will give us a glimpse of past times. The town is dominated by the remains of a Norman castle and is also home to the townhouse of Anne of Cleves (fourth wife of Henry VIII and one of those lucky enough to keep her head!) Browse in cute bookshops, boutiques and craft workshops, then take your pick of the many pubs and restaurants serving delicious local produce.

DAY 3

Wine glasses and food

Cuckmere Haven

The cliffs of Dover might be England’s most famous, but the Seven Sisters, a series of white chalk cliffs meandering along the Sussex coastline, are one of the country’s most striking landscapes. Today we’ll explore part of the undulating trail from Seaford to Eastbourne. Cuckmere Haven offers the most impressive view of the glimmering white cliffs, whilst along the way we’ll pass the historic coastal cottages of Birling Gap and the candy-striped lighthouse of Beachy Head. We’ll be rewarded with a locally-sourced picnic of cheese, fruit and home-made pies, washed down with a flight of four locally-produced wines. Learn about the grapes and varieties from a local grower; roll them on your tongue and feel your cares roll away too.

River Cuckmere

This afternoon we’ll kayak the River Cuckmere, paddling our way towards the sea with our guide. As the river meaders along into the village of Litlington, we’ll pass woodlands rich in bird life, meadows of wild flowers and give a wave to the giant white chalk horse that overlooks the valley. Tonight we'll enjoy our final night together with a pub dinner. We’ll raise a glass to new friendships before returning to our lives relaxed, refreshed and replete with good memories.

DAY 4

Direction sign posts

Southease

One last breakfast together and then it’s time to check out. Say goodbye to your new friends, exchange contact details and then start planning your next adventure!

All accommodation is included

YHA Southease

Southease, England

About this trip

When he wrote about ‘England’s green and pleasant land’ in the famous hymn Jerusalem, the poet William Blake was describing beautiful East Sussex, location of this guided walking and kayak adventure through the South Downs National Park. Here’s your chance to de-stress in a timeless natural world of smugglers’ tales, quaint villages and dazzling coastal views. Discover iconic landmarks and stunning landscapes, enjoy local eats, escape into nature – and let your spirits soar.

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