Seven Sisters Country Park is a unique place. It comprises 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland. It’s home to grazing sheep, rare flora and fauna and is a corridor for a large number of migrating birds. The Cuckmrere River cuts right through the Park and visitors can follow the adjacent footpath from the Visitors Centre to the coast, where the iconic Seven Sisters Cliffs can be viewed. Walks through beech woodland can be undertaken, and the Cuckmere River explored through kayaking and paddleboarding with operator Buzz Active. Refreshments are available via the nearby Saltmarsh and Cuckmere Inns. By summer 2022 the South Downs National Park Authority are looking to open a new Visitor Centre and toilet facilities (incorporating a Changing Places facility); a 'Grab and Go' catering facility and to have a bike hire operator on site.
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East Sussex, along with its western counterpart, is packed with interest. This is a land of stately homes and castles, miles of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and links to our glorious past. Mention Sussex to many people and images of the South Downs immediately spring to mind – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. She and her husband lived at Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell, near Lewes, and today, her modest home is managed by the National Trust and open to the public.
There are a great many historic landmarks within Sussex, but probably the most famous is the battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England. By visiting Battle, near Hastings, you can, with a little imagination, picture the bloody events that led to his defeat. East Sussex’s pretty towns such as Lewes, Rye and Uckfield have their charms, while the city of Brighton offers museums and fascinating landmarks, the best-known and grandest feature being the Royal Pavilion.
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