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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.