South Downs National Park continues to inspire writers, poets, artists and creatives of all kinds.As one of ‘Britain’s Breathing Spaces’, the South Downs welcomes thousands of visitors every year who hike, cycle, run, picnic and relax amongst the rolling green pastures, ancient woodlands, river valleys and dramatic coastline of the National Park.
We recommend a walk to the Seven Sisters from Seaford which is just a 35 minute drive away with spectacular views of the white cliffs and also the village of Alfriston with its quaint pubs and our favourite book shop. Also home to the stunning Rathfinny Wine Estate. The Seven Sisters Country Park offers kayaking or paddle boarding.
The world famous Glyndbourne opera house is close by as well the beautiful Arts & Crafts House and Gallery Charleston.For those wanting an adrenaline filled afternoon we recommend Go Ape at the Bedgebury Pinetum, another place where you can cycle on designated cycle paths and they also offer bike hire.
Other historic attractions in the region include a fairy tale moated castle at Bodiam, the turreted Arundel Castle, the blooming gardens of Herstmonceux Castle and Sheffield Park. Take the Bluebell Railway for a trip through some of the most beautiful countryside in the High Weald, observe the animals (and Thomas the Tank Engine) at Drusillas Zoo Park, or partake in some wine tasting events at one of the local vineyards. Alternatively, head to the beach for a day at Brighton or Eastbourne, take a boat trip around the bay or stroll along the pier with an ice cream in hand.