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Up on the Downs – South Downs Way
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- This is a walking pilgrimage with a powerful well-being focus; to explore both physically and psychologically the ups and downs of life. Journey inside, outside, with ipse wilderness, on this exploration of the perceptions, moods and emotions which shape our lived experience.
Whether you are high on life, feeling low, or suffering from fluctuating moods, this facilitated 4-day journey will guide you over the South Downs towards an acceptance of all feelings and an approach to life which handles challenges and successes with equanimity and balance.
Celebrate the summer solstice with a dynamic walking and wild camping adventure. We will immerse ourselves in the wilderness; sleep under the stars, cook around the fire, dance in the darkness, paddle in the sea, and revel in the glory of high summer.
This pilgrimage makes use of therapeutic activities, wilderness immersion processes and facilitated circle time to create a grounded connection with nature, our own nature, and that of other people.
Route: Rough footpath along the chalky ridges of the South Downs Way.
Accommodation: 1 night shared dorms at YHA, followed by 2 nights camping at campsites. Bring your own tent and camping equipment and a rucksack to carry it.
Difficulty: Challenging; walking distance 36 miles carrying all kit, 10-14 miles per day, undulating terrain, pace 3 mph
Day 1: Bramber Castle to Truleigh Hill YHA (2 miles)
Day 2: Truleigh Hill to Housedean campsite (10 miles)
Day 3: Housedean to Alfriston campsite (14 miles)
Day 4: Alfriston to Eastbourne pier (10 miles)
Cost: £300. This includes all activities, accommodation and self-catered meals. Does not include other meals or beverages.
This experience is open to young adults of all genders aged 18-25.
- Additional Information
- Start Date
- End Date
- Start location
- Address Line 1
- Bramber Castle
- Address Line 2
- Castle Lane
- BN44 3WE
- End location
- Address Line 1
- Eastbourne Pier
- Address Line 2
- 3 Grand Parade
- BN21 3EL
- South East England
- Travel Advice
- Lift-shares can be arranged, or take public transport to Steyning and walk to Bramber Castle.
Public transport links available from Eastbourne.
- What To Bring
- • a day rucksack – around 20-30 litres
• walking boots – broken in and comfortable, not new
• comfortable clothes for walking, including a jumper or warm layers
• a change of clothes in case of downpour, especially spare socks
• a small first aid kit - medications, plasters, anti-histamines, pain-killers etc
• a set of simple evening clothes
• a pair of light sandals, slippers or flip-flops for the evenings
• a wash-kit
• a towel or sarong (or you can hire towels for £2 at most hostels)
• a re-usable water bottle – 1 litre minimum
• a waterproof jacket (and trousers, if you wish)
• sun-cream, sun hat and sunglasses in summer / woolly hat and gloves in winter
• money for snacks, evening meals, ice creams etc - most places WILL NOT take card, and cash machines are few and far between
• a swimming costume for wild swimming (not on winter trips)
• a Tupperware to carry packed lunches
• a book/cards etc for leisure time
• a journal or diary and pen
• phone and charger
• a camera
• a map and compass
• nuts and snacks e.g. trailmix
- 36 miles
- Maximum Size Of Group
- £300. This includes all activities, accommodation and self-catered meals. Does not include other meals or beverages.