OAG weekend – South Downs Adventure Weekend

DATE: 11-13 October 2024
LOCATION: South Downs National Park
ACCOMMODATION: YHA South Downs
ABILITY: Level 2 (moderate)
PRICE: £325

WHAT’S INCLUDED

✓ 2 x nights accommodation at YHA South Downs
✓ 2 x breakfasts and 2 x dinners at our accommodation
✓ Welcome and introduction with your OAG host
✓ Empowerment session with your OAG host
✓ Guided iconic Seven Sisters hike with trained Hill and Moorland leader
✓ Post-group visit to The Nomadic Sauna at Seaford Beach
✓ Evening fire pits and roasting marshmallows
✓ Evening games night and quiz with the group
✓ Group stand up paddleboarding session with Brighton Watersports at Piddinghoe Lake
✓ Sunday afternoon lunch at a local spot to end our weekend together
✓ OAG host available throughout the trip
✓ WhatsApp group to connect with other guests

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Accommodation

Our accommodation for the weekend is at YHA South Downs. The accommodation offers homely, affordable accommodation in the heart of the the South Downs National Park.

Opened officially by HRH the Queen in 2013, YHA South Downs is a uniquely refurbished Sussex farmhouse in an enviable location right on the South Downs Way. This hostel enjoys substantial grounds of its own and is surrounded by the hills of the South Downs National Park – perfect for anyone wanting to walk in the rolling Sussex countryside.

Guests can make full use of shared spaces in the hostel’s main building – Farmhouse – including a self-catering kitchen and cosy lounge. A café and dining room is available in the Interpretation Centre building, plus a meeting room on the first floor.

Our accommodation for the trip will be in 4-bed and 6-bed dorms, exclusive to our group. If you’re booking with a friend let us know and we’ll make sure you get a room together. 

NOTE: There is car parking at this hostel.

Food

Our meals for the weekend will be prepared on-site at our accommodation for breakfast and dinner. Saturday lunch is not included, as we will be out and about. Please bring something to eat for Saturday lunch, or look at local spots to grab something. Sunday lunch will be at a local spot close to our Sunday morning activity.

Itinerary

*Please note this itinerary is subject to change, and is weather dependent.

Friday

  • Check in to our accommodation and meet your room mates
  • Welcome and introduction with your OAG host
  • Empowerment session with your OAG host
  • Dinner at our accommodation

Saturday

  • Breakfast at our accommodation
  • Guided iconic Seven Sisters hike with trained Hill and Moorland leader (approx. 6 hours/12 miles)
  • Post-group visit to The Nomadic Sauna at Seaford Beach (includes sauna, cold plunge, ocean dip and hot chocolate for the group)
  • Evening fire pits and roasting marshmallows (weather dependant)
  • Dinner at our accommodation
  • Evening games night and quiz with the group

Sunday

  • Breakfast at our accommodation
  • Check out from our accommodation
  • Group stand up paddleboarding session with Brighton Watersports at Piddinghoe Lake (all equipment and life-jackets provided)
  • Sunday afternoon lunch at a local spot to end our weekend together
  • Free time to explore on your own or visit a local attraction

Getting here

The venue for our weekend is YHA South Downs. The nearest mainline station is Brighton, with there also being a smaller station at Southease if travelling by train. You can coordinate car-sharing in the trip WhatsApp group. 

Closest train station
Brighton, Southease

Address
YHA South Downs, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6JS

WHAT’S INCLUDED

✓ 2 x nights accommodation at YHA South Downs
✓ 2 x breakfasts and 2 x dinners at our accommodation
✓ Welcome and introduction with your OAG host
✓ Empowerment session with your OAG host
✓ Guided iconic Seven Sisters hike with trained Hill and Moorland leader
✓ Post-group visit to The Nomadic Sauna at Seaford Beach
✓ Evening fire pits and roasting marshmallows
✓ Evening games night and quiz with the group
✓ Group stand up paddleboarding session with Brighton Watersports at Piddinghoe Lake
✓ Sunday afternoon lunch at a local spot to end our weekend together
✓ OAG host available throughout the trip
✓ WhatsApp group to connect with other guests

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

✕ Travel to and from the venue
✕ Travel insurance for the trip
✕ Any additional meals or drinks not stated above (note: Saturday lunch is not included as we will be out – please bring a packed lunch with you, and you can store it in the YHA fridges overnight or nip to the coop down the road)

FAQs

What kit do I need?

  • Hiking/outdoor clothing including trail running shoes or hiking boots
  • A towel and any cosmetics and toiletries
  • Waterproof jacket, plus hat
  • Fleece or warm jumper
  • Small daypack for hiking and/or when out and about
  • Water bottle and snacks

INSURANCE

It is the attendee’s responsibility to have the appropriate travel insurance for this trip. Please let us know if you have appropriate travel insurance before the trip. This will protect you in and run up to the trip in case you fall ill, or are injured and are then unable to make the event.

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Be quick – we’re limited to just 20 spots on this adventure and expect them to sell out fast!

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Sophie is a travel writer, based in the UK, always thinking about her next adventure. Sophie set up Outdoor Adventure Girls in 2020 with the aim to provide safe spaces for women to connect, get outdoors and push themselves out of their comfort zone.