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The Serpents Trail

Iconic LandmarkMulti-daySelf-Guided


Walking, Walking Break


All Year


Self Guided


South Downs


Couples, Experienced Walkers, Family, Solo Walkers, Beginner


Downland, Forest, Heathland, Meadow

Walking Days

4, 5


  • Haslemere to Petersfield
  • Long distance trail
  • Iconic Landmarks
  • South Downs views
  • Diverse landscape
  • Unique flora and fauna
  • Delicious local food, wines and beers.
  • Highest point in South Downs National Park
  • Temple of the Winds
  • Virtual Guide
  • Adventure Pack
  • Personal service
  • Bag transfers
  • Full support

Explore a landscape shaped over the last 5000 years by local communities who sought sanctuary and made this area their home. The Serpents Trail is a 64mile heathland trail which starts in Haslemere and finishes in Petersfield.  Along the way you will snake your way through habitats rarer than the rain forest, summit the highest point in the South Downs National Park and wander through tranquil rural villages.

Your senses are truly immersed in the sheer natural beauty, peacefulness and solitude of the glorious countryside around you, and this hidden gem of a long distance walk is just waiting to be discovered.  The range of wildlife, flowers and landscapes provide the perfect tonic to reconnect with nature while the views across the National Park are there to be savoured.  It is not a surprise that Tennyson and Elgar had homes near to this stunning Trail.

At the end of each day you will arrive at your accommodation with a choice of pubs and restaurants for dinner.  After breakfast, its time to head out onto the trail with your Virtual Guide on a GPS route for guidance and keeping you informed of points of interest along the way. In the meantime your bags will be transferred to your next overnight accommodation and will be ready for your arrival.  

You will be spoiled for choice for places to eat and drink along the trail. With welcoming pubs and restaurants, quaint sandwich shops, local artisan bakeries all awaiting you.  There will be numerous opportunities to sample local food, wines and beers along with our seasonal recommendations and try our special list of 'must taste delights'. 

What's Included

  •   5 nights en suite accommodation including breakfast.
  •   4 days walking
  •   Bespoke, individual service
  •   Virtual Guide & OS Maps App.
  •   Personalised itinerary
  •   Full route plan, trail notes, map, GPS
  •   Nature spotters guide
  •   Local history, heritage and geology info
  •   Treats for the walk
  •   Kids adventure pack (if required)
  •   Recommended refreshment stops
  •   Bag transfers
  •   Full support from our Sussex HQ before your trip, and during your trip 24x7

This adventure is ideal for the independent adventurer 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.  

With excellent transport links from London, Brighton and Gatwick to Haslemere, Liphook and Liss, this short break is accessible and convenient. 

This adventure is available on a date to suit you (subject to availability) for a recommended total of 5 nights (additional nights are available if you would prefer to complete the route at a more leisurely pace). For a shorter walking break we also have our Serpents Head and Serpents Tail self guided trails available.  We strongly advise booking in advance as places are limited. The trail can be enjoyed all year round.

Prices are 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 small supplement). You will receive a fully detailed itinerary, confirmation of your accommodation and a price quote. Once you confirm your booking, your price will be guaranteed with no additional surcharges.