Hike to the Sea - Lancing College, the Monarch Way, the South Downs 29km DAY

Outdooraholics London - Hiking, Adventure Travel - 25 to 40s
Outdooraholics London - Hiking, Adventure Travel - 25 to 40s
Public group

Victoria Station

Victoria Station, Victoria, London SW1E 5ND, UK · London

How to find us

Milena will be at the meeting point detailed in the section "Transport and Meeting Point" below. In case of difficulties locating her you can call her on (07493 528863) (texts cannot be replied to)

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Come and join us for a gorgeous trail across the chalk escarpment of the South Downs hills on a linear route from far inland at Amberley and hiking to the coast of Shoreham by Sea. Hike along part of the Monarch’s Way - made famous as the escape route King Charles II, used in 1651 after his defeat in the Battle of Worcester. Get views of the impressive Gothic school Lancing College, which looks suspiciously similar to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. Refresh your mind and body as we enjoy this stunning trail in the South Downs National Park.

Trip Highlights:

• Hike a spectacular trail along the South Downs ridge

• Explore the adorable historical town of Shoreham by Sea

• Get views of Lancing College - one of the most famous and dramatic looking schools in Europe with the largest school chapel in the world

• Hike part of the famous 8000 year old South Downs Way - one of the 15 National Trails in England and Wales

• Enjoy coastal views as we approach our destination by the sea

• Hike in the South Downs - one of the best National Parks in the South of England

Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips

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Hike Description

We start off in the historic and charming village of Amberley with its picturesque thatched cottages. Our trail then takes us past the majestic Lancing College and crosses the famous Monarch’s Way, which served as an escape route of King Charles II in 1651 in his defeat in the Battle of Worcester. As we come into Shoreham, we pass an unusual and unique collection of grounded house boats that have been modified in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways!

The South Downs reward us with some fantastic and far reaching panoramic as we approach the sea on our way to Shoreham airport. The latter is the oldest commercial airport in the world with a protected 1936 art deco terminal building that plays host to many films including "the Da Vinci Code", Agatha Christie's "Poirot" and "Woman in Gold". We then finish our hike in the historic fishing town of Shoreham by Sea for a well earned drink and rest.

Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at Victoria station at 8:00am and leave the meeting point at 8:15am for the 8:36am train. Please make sure to arrive on time as the group cannot wait for anyone who is late.

We'll meet between WHSmith (no 34) and the stall called Nero Express (no 29) - both of which can be seen on the map here of our meeting point: http://goo.gl/4xjSAf

Planned arrival time back into London of 7:00pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then).


We'll stop during the hike for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the hike where we can get refreshments.

Distance, Difficulty and Terrain

Distance: 18 miles (29km)
Grading: Intermediate/Challenging
Ascent: 460m
Hiking time: About 6 to 7 hours of actual hiking

Cost and Payment

The trip is £28 per person which includes the guided hike and return train travel from the group departure station listed at the top of this event. To join us please RSVP Yes and you will be automatically redirected to PayPal.

Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable but we have a process to release your space for resale to another member. Please follow the instructions in our FAQ page (https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/6368852/FAQ/) and email us with your PayPal “invoice ID” immediately after you change your RSVP to “NO”. If you do not email us at the time of changing your RSVP OR if your space does not sell, you will not be eligible for a refund.

What to Bring

• Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear (ideally hiking boots). Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended

• Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres)

• Packed lunch/picnic

• Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike

• That's it! We will take care of train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so that you can just turn up and have a great day


This hike is led by a trained hike leader - most of our guides are Mountain Leader trained (https://www.mountain-training.org/qualifications/walking/mountain-leader) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury. Please come with hiking footwear and suitable hiking clothes such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain: https://www.londonhiking.co.uk/Equipment.pdf

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