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From rolling hills to bustling market towns, our solos guided walking holiday introduces the South Downs National Park’s landscapes which cover 1,600km2 of breathtaking views and hidden gems. A rich tapestry of wildlife, landscapes, tranquillity and visitor attractions, weave together a story of people and place in harmony.
We are specialists in designing guided walking holidays for solos and singles. We walk in some of the most beautiful areas of the UK and Europe. We also design bespoke guided walking holidays for specific groups.
We stay at the Hydro Hotel in Eastbourne, close to the sea front with excellent views over the English Channel.
The hotel is within easy walking distance from the centre of Eastbourne and has lovely en suite rooms and spacious public areas. Parking is either in the small hotel car park or off road outside the hotel.
We eat in the hotel’s dining room – three courses. Dress code is smart casual. We have lunch at one of the South Downs lovely country pubs.
There are other walking holiday companies that cover the West Yorkshire countryside but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….
By train – Eastbourne is the nearest station some half a mile away. Taxis are readily available. See National Rail website for train times.
By car – the post code for your Sat Nav is BN20 7HZ for the Hydro Hotel. Full detailed journey instruction will be sent with your Joining Details prior to the holiday.
This is a four and a half day walking holiday, starting at 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon from the hotel reception. We walk on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and finish on Thursday afternoon at 3.00pm.
If you have booked an additional night’s accommodation, note there is no walk on the Friday.
Its all about meeting new friends. Each holiday is designed to be a friendly, relaxed and stress free occasion. Talking is as important as walking on Secrethills Walking Holidays. We don’t go in for discos, we may use an event that is taking place in the area we are in to boost the weekends activities – but its good, old fashioned chat that makes our short breaks successful.
“Make new friends that turn into old friends” – that’s our motto.
You might be surprised by what fun you’ll have with people who are older or younger than you during a holiday with us, and that’s exactly the sort of atmosphere we encourage; people find it very rewarding. It doesn’t matter what your reasons for traveling with us are, we’ve had people who are single, divorced or widowed, people who have partners that are unable to travel, and people who can’t holiday with their friends anymore as they’ve all got married themselves. There are people who want to make friends, see sights, and experience something completely new. Whatever your reason, we’ll welcome you with open arms and our friendly hosts will help you to get the most out of your holiday.
Don’t worry if this is the first time you have ventured to join a group holiday – its always a bit daunting – but we will look after you and ensure that you get used to being amongst friends again. Trust us to to get you back into the swing of things.
Oh – by the way – its not a dating agency – over the years we have had people meet and fall in love – but that’s just chance. Our aim is that you make like minded friends – just relax and enjoy.
Just arrive and enjoy.
To reserve a place on any of our holidays, please follow these simple instructions.
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Please note than an initial deposit is required with each booking regardless of which payment method you choose. Your booking will be accepted when your payment (deposit or full balance) is received. Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.
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Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.
Here are a selection of walks that may happen, there are many others to choose from though.
3.5-miles circular walk with fantastic views of the chalk cliffs that we will be walking along the next day, and an opportunity to hunt for fossils on the beach. Circular walk at Seaford Head, with excellent views across to the Seven Sisters where we will be walking the next day, and an opportunity to hunt for fossils on the beach. From the Cuckmere Inn at Exceatbridge, we walk via Chyngton Farm and Hope Bottom to the beach at Hope Gap, then head inland via part of the Vanguard Way to Exceat for a drink at the Cuckmere Inn before returning to the hotel.
10-miles circular walk, taking in the famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, the meanders of the Cuckmere River and the beech wood of Friston Forest, finishing with drinks in the charming village of East Dean. Circular walk, taking the South Downs Way along the famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, Sussex’s unspoilt Heritage Coast. There is an opportunity for drinks / comfort break at Birling Gap after 3 miles. We have lunch after 6 miles at the Cuckmere Inn at Exceatbridge. The route then takes in the meanders of the Cuckmere River, and the beech wood of Friston Forest, finishing with drinks at the locally popular Tiger Inn in the charming village of East Dean.
10-miles circular walk from Firle village to Charleston Farmhouse and Berwick church (both associated with the Bloomsbury Group of artists, writers and intellectuals).After lunch in Alfriston, we enjoy far-reaching views from the South Downs Way. Circular walk starting in Firle village. Walking eastbound underneath the South Downs escarpment, we continue past Firle Place manor house and Charleston Farmhouse (where the Bloomsbury Group of artists, writers and intellectuals once lived). We pass through the historic villages of Alciston and Berwick to the ancient village of Alfriston for lunch. We then walk westwards on the ridge of the South Downs Way to Firle Beacon, enjoying far-reaching views before descending back into Firle for afternoon drinks.
9.5-miles circular walk from Alfriston, taking in the historic chalk figure of the Long Man of Wilmington, plus the villages of Folkington and Jevington. We explore Lullington Heath and visitone of the smallest churches in England. Circular walk from Alfriston village, taking in the historic chalk figure of the Long Man of Wilmington. We continue on the South Downs to Combe Hill Neolithic Camp via Folkington, Wannock and Willingdon. After lunch in the charming village of Jevington, we explore Lullington Heath National Nature Reserve (a rare habitat of chalk heathland), before heading west via one of the smallest churches in England and back for afternoon drinks at one of Alfriston’s historic establishments.
7-miles – Our walk on the last day is a circular Downland walk from Lewes (including the historic castle and priory), to Malling Down and the ancient hill fort of Mount Caburn. Circular walk from the medieval castle in Lewes, the county town of East Sussex. We head past the ruins of Lewes Priory towards the impressive chalk hills of Malling Down, with its views of the town and the expanse of Low Weald farmland. We continue to the ancient hill fort of Mount Caburn, overlooking the South Downs, the River Ouse and surrounding meadows. We head back through a wide, grassy valley. After lunch in Lewes to celebrate our final day’s walking. We finish around 2.30pm.
We walk between 8 and 10 miles per day. We walk at a steady pace, we don’t rush. We want you to enjoy our lovely scenery – this countryside is a walkers paradise with good paths and an ever changing landscape.
Paths are well walked and maintained, sometimes on grassy slopes. We walk through forests and these paths can be muddy. Some steep ascents and descents but we will take those gently.
From rolling hills to bustling market towns, the South Downs National Park’s landscapes cover 1,600km2 of breath taking views and hidden gems. A rich tapestry of wildlife, landscapes, tranquillity and visitor attractions, weave together a story of people and place in harmony.
Discover the white cliffs of Seven Sisters, rolling farmland, ancient woodland and lowland heaths or enjoy our ‘picture perfect’ villages, traditional country pubs or flourishing vineyards. Let the South Downs National Park subtly seduce you.
Stop anywhere in the South Downs and it is hard not to find an inspiring view. There are stunning, panoramic views to the sea and across the weald as you travel the 100 mile length of the South Downs Way from Winchester to Eastbourne, culminating in the impressive chalk cliffs at Seven Sisters. From near and far, the South Downs is an area of inspirational beauty that can lift the soul.
But the landscapes that can take your breath away are more than just scenery, they are living, working, ever changing places shaped by human use over thousands of years and natural factors such as geology, landform, soils and biodiversity. Our landscapes also give us food, wildlife, clean water and access to the countryside in one of the busiest parts of the UK.
The geology of the South Downs underpins so much of what makes up the special qualities of the area: its diverse landscapes, land use, buildings and culture. While most people immediately think of chalk when they think of the South Downs, greensands and clays form the Western Weald. In this relatively small area a rich diversity of landscapes exist. Within these diverse landscapes you can discover hidden villages, thriving market towns, farms both large and small, and historic estates, connected by a network of paths and lanes, many of which are ancient.
Eastbourne is a large town, seaside resort, and borough in the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex, on the south coast of England, 17 miles (27 km) east of Brighton. It is located immediately east of Beachy Head, the highest chalk sea cliff in the United Kingdom and part of the South Downs National Park.
It was REALLY great weekend; Alison was a brilliant, friendly, knowledgeable leader, the scenery was stunning, lunch pubs excellent, I will definitely be returning there, and to other places, with Secret Hills. Thank you all !
It was great and I will definitely recommend Secret Hills to my friends and will return to visit other areas with you.
The guided walks were fantastic. Alison had gone to a lot of trouble to plan routes that were interesting and varied. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the area and able to share her passion with us. She is also good at judging when to just let us enjoy the experience for ourselves, which I think is important too when you are in such a wonderful place. It was a joy to be able to walk in this beautiful area of England with such a lovely group of people. The organisation was seamless, thank you.
Guided walking – Very much enjoyed. I really appreciated Kelly’s (walk leader) additional skills and interest in foraging etc. She is approachable and well informed. The walks were brilliant, the hotel very good and food plentiful, transport efficient and excellent value all round.
A great 5 days.
As a devoted karaoke singer, all I can say is “I’ve Had the Time of My Life”.
From day one, Alison & Kelly did everything in their considerable skill sets to make my holiday a total success. Their joy in walking was contagious, and they put me at ease with lots of TLC and practical knowledge. In short, they made my dream come true.
As for the hotel, the staff couldn’t do enough, always checking on me and making sure I was comfortable and had what I needed. This type of hotel barely exists anymore: with its old world charm and high calibre of service.
Also, thanks to Alan & staff for promptly answering all my many emailed questions, before the holiday started. As a first timer, this clarity of communication really put me at ease.
Sincere thanks to all for my lovely English holiday.
Walk leaders – Alison and Kelly were fantastic – friendly and professional, cared about the groups wellbeing, knowledgeable of the local area. Made the trip for me.
Hydro hotel – was great – very large nice room, friendly and helpful staff, lovely food, good location.
The booking process was efficient and felt more personal than other companies I have used. I would book another trip.