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East Sussex

East Sussex
East Sussex is bordered by the counties of Kent, Surrey and West Sussex and to the south by the English Channel. Places of interest include:

  • Brighton and Hove — East Sussex's hub and only real city is a famous English seaside resort (strictly not in East Sussex as Brighton and Hove is its own municipality)
  • Eastbourne – a popular seaside resort, popular with all generations
  • Hastings – it's got a castle, history, beach and beautiful countryside
  • Battle - site of the famous battle of Hastings in 1066
  • Crowborough – a hilltop town situated in the beautiful Ashdown Forest and home of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Lewes – the county town, situated in the South Downs, perfect for a brief visit
  • Newhaven – the county's ferry port to the continent - but with a little more under its belt
  • Seaford - a charming, quiet seaside town with stunning cliffs exactly halfway between Eastbourne and Brighton
  • Hailsham – thriving market town and location of one of the few remaining cattle markets in Sussex
  • Bexhill – home of the art deco De la Warr Pavilion and the home of British Motor Racing
  • Rye — a singularly picturesque medieval seaside town - Cinque Port
  • Heathfield – a thriving country market town
  • Uckfield – between the High Weald and the Low Weald, a small town with a sprinkling of history
  • Robertsbridge - An interesting village on the main railway line to London from Hastings, close to Bodiam castle
  • Hartfield – this beautiful Ashdown village has a famous resident - Pooh bear
  • Mayfield – picturesque village, originally built on iron
  • Ashdown Forest, for walking, wildlife, and Winnie The Pooh; Ashdown Forest Tourism Association
  • The Cuckoo Trail, 11 miles of mostly traffic-free path for walkers and cyclists between Heathfield and Polegate along a disused railway line, with a further 3 miles link path to Eastbourne.
  • Cuckmere Haven famed for its meanders.
  • The South Downs
  • Beachy Head
  • The Long Man of Wilmington, (near Eastbourne), [1]. Car park is open all year, 24 hours a day. A prehistoric (maybe) chalk representation of a man carved into the side of a hill. Admission to the site and car park is free. Walking on the figure or the surrounding vegetation is not permitted.
  • Lewes - county town with a brewery, castle and shops, some dating back to the 1400s
  • Great Dixter - house and gardens known mainly for the long-lasting display of colour for much of the year
  • Ditchling - a picturesque village north of Brighton famed for the number of artists living nearby
  • Alfriston - another small village on the South Downs way
  • Cuckmere Haven, Friston Forest and the Living World - a popular destination for walkers which is accessible by bus from either Eastbourne or Brighton (see the number 12 route, served by Brighton & Hove)
  • Seven Sisters - Chalk cliffs which can be seen by walkers going from Cuckmere Haven to Seaford. Routes across the cliffs towards Beachy Head and Eastbourne are also popular with walkers.
  • Devil's Dyke - a popular location with walkers offering views north over East and West Sussex. And it has a pub.
  • Ditchling Beacon - views over East and West Sussex to the north and Brighton & Hove to the south. Walkers can continue along the downs in either direction. Walkers should be aware of the road over the beacon which is popular with cyclists and normal traffic.
  • Glyndebourne. Well-known opera house edit
  • Ashdown Forest - an area of heathland and forest once used for hunting by the nobles. Now popular with walkers
  • Middle Farm - working farm with kid's farm and farm shop
  • Michelham Priory - former monastery and gardens
  • Eastbourne Redoubt. Former fort and Martello Tower dating from the Napoleonic era which is now a museum edit
  • Hastings Castle
  • St Leonards Caves - former haunt for smugglers which is now a popular tourist attraction
  • Rye - a pretty town situated on the hill overlooking the harbour. One of the Cinque Ports which retains a rustic feel
  • Drivers thinking of travelling between Ditchling and the Beacon should be aware of the width restrictions (6'6") and speed limit. Expect slow moving traffic and, in the summer-time buses operating from Brighton (number 79). Caution is advised when using this road.
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