East Sussex

Channel Views

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Overview

Enjoy the sea air and dramatic views of the English Channel as you trace the East Sussex coast on a route from the Pett Levels down through historic Hastings, vibrant Eastbourne to arrive at the iconic Beachy Head before heading on towards Seaford and Newhaven.

Pett Level

Pett Level is a small village with a fascinating beach area – check out the ever changing coastline with its sandstone cliffs and the ancient sunken forest whilst you are hunting for dinosaur fossils. Take a walk on the Royal Canal or the often deserted beach.

Hastings

Famous for the 1066 Battle, the cinque port of Hastings overlooks the English Channel and is home to Battle Abbey and the Norman ruins of Hastings Castle. You can also visit the Hastings Fisherman’s Museum and Jerwood Gallery.

Bexhill

Visit the seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea to relax, take in the fresh air and view the Edwardian and Victorian architecture. Experience the art and entertainment at the restored art deco De La Warr Pavilion or history at the Bexhill Museum in Egerton Park.

Pevensey

Visit Pevensey to see the marshy Pevensey Levels, a haven for wildlife and Pevensey Bay, the old fishing village and the Martello Towers which formed part of the Napoleonic defences. Explore the dungeons and watch out for the ghost of “the Pale Lady of Pevensey” at historic Pevensey Castle.

Eastbourne

Visit the Victorian seaside resort of Eastbourne for the 19th century Eastbourne Pier packed full of entertainment. Relax in the Western Lawns before taking in the Towner Art Gallery or the independent galleries of Little Chelsea. Visit the nearby military museum of Redoubt Fortress.

Beachy Head

Visit Beachy Head, the highest chalk cliffs in the UK for fresh air and great views of the English Channel. Site of many film shoots, you can see the Beachy Head Lighthouse below and walk the cliff tops to Birling Gap and onto Haven Brow.

Seaford

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, the quiet town of Seaford is an ideal place to get away from it all. Enjoy the beach front and character town and before setting off on a trail walk, up the South Downs hills or visiting nearby Drusilla’s Country Park.

Newhaven

A great place to relax and explore you can enjoy the vibrant town of New Haven with its speciality shops and choice of restaurants and cafes. Visit the marinas at West Quay or take in the paddle steamers on River Ouse before exploring Newhaven Port, the largest coastal defence in Sussex.

Rodmell

Just off the South Downs Way, a favourite with walkers, Rodmell is surrounded by pretty scenery. Visit Monk’s House, the 17th century weatherboard cottage what was the country retreat of Virginia Woolf.

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Overview

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Pett Level

2
5.8 miles

Hastings

3
6.8 miles

Bexhill

4
6.8 miles

Pevensey

5
5.5 miles

Eastbourne

6
3.9 miles

Beachy Head

7
9.0 miles

Seaford

8
4.0 miles

Newhaven

9
4.0 miles

Rodmell

What to see and do…

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British Airways i360

Lower Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2LN

Brighton Royal Pavilion

Royal Pavilion, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1EE

Travelodge Eastbourne

Travelodge, A22 Boship Farm Roundabout, Hellingly, East Sussex, BN27 4DP

About the Channel Views Trail

Distance:46 miles
Cities / Towns:9
Number Of Businesses:3

Enjoy the views across the English Channel towards France as you take in the sea air on this coastal trip. Stop at historic Hastings, site of King Harold’s 1066 battle to explore the scene of the battlefield itself. Motor on through the seaside town of Bexhill to arrive at Eastbourne where you can enjoy family fun on the pier or the cultural experience of the various galleries. Round the cliffs at Beachy Head before aiming for Seaford and Newhaven and arriving at the National Trust property, Monk’s Head.

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Fresh Air

The East Sussex coast is a great place to be outdoors and get some fresh air to help recharge your batteries. Visit the rolling South Downs or the towering cliff tops to soak up some stunning scenery and glorious beaches on your walk or cycle ride.

Eastbourne Energy

Whether you are looking for the sights and sounds of traditional seaside entertainment or immersing yourself in a more cultural experience offered by the art galleries then you will feel the energy and vibrancy of a visit to Eastbourne.

Harold's Hastings

1066, can only conjure up images of King Harold, William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings. Spend some time at Battle Abbey, then Hastings Castle and explore the exhibitions and interactive displays before climbing to see views across the battlefield.

Also Nearby

British Airways i360

Lower Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2LN

Brighton Royal Pavilion

Royal Pavilion, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1EE

Travelodge Eastbourne

Travelodge, A22 Boship Farm Roundabout, Hellingly, East Sussex, BN27 4DP