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Black Down Escape


Walking Break

Key Features

Picnic and beer tasting


All Year


Expert Guide


South Downs


Downland, Forest, Heathland, Meadow

Walking Days




Beginner, Couples, Experienced Walkers, Family, Foodies, Group, Solo Walkers

Enjoy one of the highlights of the South-East and the South Downs, with this unforgettable guided walk and overnight escape through stunning heathland countryside and taking in the glorious views from the highest point in the South Downs National Park. Your walking experience includes a delicious local picnic, beer tasting and an overnight stay in B&B accommodation in the delightful town of Haslemere.

Arrive at your accommodation in the morning where your bags can be left and will be taken to your room for your return later. Your guide will meet you and your walking experience begins from here. Walk in the steps of our ancestors exploring Black Down, the highest point and a hidden heathland treasure within the Park. With our experienced guide leading the way, learn all about the fascinating history and geology of the area, listen to the birdsong, enjoy the fresh air and take in the absolutely stunning views of patchwork fields, rolling hills, ancient woodland and quaint villages. During your guided walking experience you will enjoy a delicious luxury picnic full of scrumptious local produce at one of the best viewpoints in the Park. Learn all about the fascinating backgrounds and stories of the food and drink you are enjoying and their producers. Then relax and listen to the words of Alfred Tennyson, who was so inspired by the beauty of the area.with a tasting session of locally produced beers and ales. Sample a generous complimentary selection of award winning beers and ales and learn all about their production process.

Your walk is led by an extremely experienced and qualified outdoor guide, who can enlighten you on the trail about the fascinating geology, heritage and natural history of the area. With extensive local knowledge, your guide can enable you to explore lesser known areas away from the beaten track and discover hidden gems. They are a fully qualified International Mountain Leader who has a great deal of experience leading and instructing and also has extensive local knowledge having lived in this area for many years. All our guides are also outdoor first aid qualified and DBS checked.

At this time, we are extremely mindful of ensuring we provide experiences which are enjoyable yet adhere to social distancing as required. By joining one of our experiences you can be sure that your guides know all the best places to go, avoiding any crowds and enjoying quieter, little known spots.

What’s included:

Distance: 10 miles (16km) approx.

Start time: 10.00

This adventure is ideal for anyone looking to escape either on their own, with a partner, family or group of friends where you all can reconnect and enjoy great walking, food, drinks and friendly accommodation all under the expert guidance of a Pied A Terre guide.

There are excellent transport links to Haslemere from London.

This adventure is flexible and available on a date to suit you (subject to availability) for a total of 1 days walking and 1 nights accommodation (additional nights are available if you would like to also stay the night before your walk). We strongly advise booking your trip in advance as places are limited. The trail can be enjoyed all year round.

NB the price stated is based on a ‘from’ price, depending on accommodation type and availability. Accommodation is based on two sharing an en-suite room, staying on a bed & breakfast basis (single accommodation is available at a supplement).

On booking you will receive a fully detailed itinerary, confirmation of your accommodation and a price quote. Your evening meal isn’t included in the package, but we include full details and recommendations in your itinerary. You will normally be within walking distance of a pub, restaurant or at your accommodation and will make recommendations based on our knowledge of the area. We suggest budgeting an additional £30 per day per person for dinner.

We are out and about guiding and pre-walking routes all the time, so you can be sure that you will be receiving the very best in terms of experience and expertise.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss your booking in more detail and we would be delighted to share our knowledge and passion for this stunning area with you to help ensure you have the perfect trip.

“Wonderful break with super people. Kirstie kept us informed at all stages of our booking and accommodated any changes etc that we needed with no fuss at all. The guide was so knowledgeable and friendly I hadn’t realised how far we had walked and the local produce and beer was delicious. We will be back again.” Mrs Simpson. January 2022


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