Brighton is surely the most exciting City on the South Coast with loads of historic attractions, including the fanciful Royal Pavilion and a Victorian Aquarium, and many inspiring cultural events. The lively Marina and the fun filled pier provide hours of family entertainment while the nearby countryside provides endless opportunuties for hang gliding, kite flying and walking in the glorious South Downs
Crowhurst is a small ancient settlement just a few miles from the historic town of Battle and the seaside resort of Hastings. It was almost completely destroyed by the invading Normans in 1066 and now affords beautiful views amidst the ruins of a 12th Century Manor House.
Danehill is a village on the edge of the splendid Ashdown Forest, home to The Hundred Acre Wood of Winnie the Pooh fame, and is close to Sheffield Park a National Trust property that boasts wonderful autumnal colours as well as the terminus for the nostalgic Bluebell Line that steams through the Sussex countryside to Horsted Keynes.
The variety of local wildlife is summed up in the name, Herons Ghyll, a ghyll being a steep wooded ravine and heron referring to the varieties of birdlife that frequent the region. There are many rare ferns and other plants as well as a host of insect and wildlife making it the ideal destination for walkers and birdwatchers.
Mayfield is a very picturesque town set in a beautiful landscape. There are many legends associated with Mayfield, St Dunstan’s and the Devil and these are relived in annual celebrations with noisy processions of blacksmiths with firebrands threatening to burn down the ancient timbered houses. Notable amongst these is The Middle House, a splendid medieval hostelry still serving excellent beer and locally sourced food.
Piltdown is a small village on the Southern edge of Ashdown Forest. The local pub recalls the village’s most famous resident, Piltdown Man. Discovered in 1912 and reputed to be the ‘missing link’ in the evolutionary chain he was later exposed to be a hoax in 1953. The perpetrator was never identified but nearby local resident, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is one of the suspects.