Leave the castles of neighbouring Kent and head between the North and South Downs into the rolling countryside of East Sussex. Take in gardens, houses and castles through the High Weald to arrive at historic cinque port of Rye emerging on the peace and solitude of the East Sussex coast.
Lamberhurst is a lovely village full of a variety of building types, the Wealden Hall House, Oast House or the 18th century Court Lodge. Nearby Scotney Castle is a 14th century moated castle set in acres of woodland and parkland. Explore the country mansion and gardens or walk some of the wonderful trails and enjoy a picnic.
Set in over 300 acres and home to thousands of trees, Bedgebury National Pinetum is one the world’s finest conifer collections. Take a walk, take your dog, ride your bike and go geocaching to enjoy the fresh air in this woodland landscape.
Ticehurst is an ideal base for exploring the Kent / East Sussex border. Visit nearby Pashley Manor to see the Tudor / Georgian manor house and splendid quintessentially English gardens with their fountains and ponds where you can relax and enjoy the scenery before sampling the delights of the café.
Against a backdrop of rolling hills the charming village of Burwash has many interesting buildings and is an ideal place for exploring the Sussex Weald. Pay a visit to Bateman’s, home of Rudyard Kipling, where you can explore the 17th century house, gardens and the machinery of Park Mill.
Visit the parish church at Bodiam to view the bronze knight before taking in the magnificent Bodiam Castle, a moated medieval fortress. Explore the picturesque castle and gatehouse to learn about the history of this ancient monument. For a change of pace pay a visit to the Kent and East Sussex Railway.
Take in the cobbled lanes and medieval houses of the historic cinque port of Rye and climb St. Mary’s church tower to take in the views. Visit Rye Castle Museum, formerly an Ypres tower that was part of Rye’s defences against French invasion.
The five mile sandy beach of Camber Sands is a great place to relax and unwind where the unspoilt beach gives you a chance to enjoy peace and quiet. Explore the dunes, walk the dog or if you are feeling really adventurous try some kite surfing!
Rising above the marshes on the banks of the River Brede the 13th century town of Winchelsea is a quiet place to escape the hustle of modern day life. Wander the mainly shingle beach to take in the fresh air and recharge the batteries.