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The Chalky Downs of Sussex

White cliffs, seaside towns, beaches and a history that stretches as far back as your imagination

Touring Sussex

With its soft chalk Downs and stunning coastline, Sussex is one of England’s prettiest counties. The South Downs National Park, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covers an area of 627 square miles, from Beachy Head near Eastbourne to Harting Down in the West, and includes some of the most varied and stunning landscapes in the country.

As you pass through neat villages, with their characteristic flint and tilehung houses, you’ll come across open chalk grassland, ancient forests and lush river valleys.

For holidaymakers, there’s perfect walking routes including the South Downs Way National Trail with the Downs on one side and the sea on the other. For beach lovers, there are resorts dotted along the coastline from historic Hastings to the splendours of Brighton, Eastbourne and the gentility of Worthing. So close to continental Europe, Sussex is steeped in thousands of years of history – with towns such as Chichester, castles from Arundel to Lewes and Bodiam, and Battle, the site of the last English invasion, to discover.

Always popular with writers and artists, from Rudyard Kipling to Virginia Woolf, Sussex is romantic, quirky, stunningly beautiful and a delight to explore.

Featured Hotels

The Hickstead

Bolney, West Sussex

Tucked into the South Downs, with relaxed dining and easily accessible for Brighton and the Channel coastline.

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