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The Serpent 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



  • 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 Serpent Trail is a 64mile heathland trail which starts in Haslemere and finishes in Petersfield.  This stunning walking break will snake 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 into the South Downs National Park and Surrey Hills 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 4 days walking and 5 nights accommodation (additional nights are available if you would prefer to complete the route at a more leisurely pace). For a shorter walking break we can also offer the 'Serpent Head' and 'Serpent Tail' self guided trails and are always more than happy to create something more bespoke to suit your aspirations and plans.  We strongly advise booking your trip 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 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.

We are out and about in and around the South Downs every week guiding and instructing and we have walked the routes and trails many, many times. The area is like a second home to us, 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.

"We felt completely secure in the hands of Pied a Terre from start to finish. They took our brief quickly and efficiently and responded with an ideal bespoke walk for us incorporating all the key features we requested. The accommodation was spot-on and everything went like clock-work, from the itinerary to the baggage transfer" Mr Oldfield, October 2021