East Sussex

Places to visit, attractions, heritage and things of interest in East Sussex, England.

A walk in the Weald

The Weald, East Sussex

The Weald is an area of outstanding natural beauty in South East England that, broadly speaking, stretches through the counties of Surrey, Sussex and Kent, between the chalk of the North and South Downs.  It is characterised by small farms and fields, sunken lanes, gentle hills, deep deciduous woods, pretty picture-box ridge-top villages and attractive […]

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Molly visits Pevensey Castle, a Very Important Place

Pevensey Castle

We bowled up to Pevensey Castle on a blue-sky day in the company of Molly.  Molly, I should say, is a small dog of exceptional poise and dignity, but has no relevance whatsoever to our story.  She is mentioned merely in a cynical attempt to win the cute dog vote.  Sorry, Molly.  We have included

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In which we go in search of Pooh, and find A Little Something

Ashdown Forest, Winnie-the-Pooh

When I first saw this heading, I thought to myself, like you probably did, “I don’t think I want to look for Pooh; it sounds as though it could be rather unpleasant.” Then a growly voice from the past said, rather dolefully, “I suppose you mean me? The best bear in all the world.  Anyway,

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Beautiful Bodiam Castle

Bodiam, East Sussex, romantic, photogenic, castle

Bodiam Castle was ostensibly built to help defend England from the French.  Now it just sits there, looking beautiful, a teeny bit brooding, and very medieval.  From a distance, you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s still a functioning fortress, that a verray parfit gentil knyght is going to come galloping across the drawbridge

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On top of Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters from Seaford Head - the classic view from just above the coastguards' cottages. In the distance is Beachy Head.

Before anyone gets carried away with gratuitous salacity, the Seven Sisters are chalk cliffs on the south east coast of England.  Do not confuse them with another Seven Sisters, an area of London in N15, near Tottenham.  Exciting and attractive though the latter undoubtedly is, today – today we’re striding out across the cliffs, perforce

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1066 – so what?

Battlefield, Hastings, 1066

Every action has a reaction, but there are some events that so obviously and profoundly shape the future.  One of these was the Battle of Hastings on 14th October 1066*, when heroic Harold, King of England, got beat by wicked William, Duke of Normandy.  Of course, nothing’s that simple – but one thing is for

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A bit about South East England

Sissinghurst, oast houses

Including the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex. The South East is the most heavily populated region in England.  It has more businesses, including international HQs, than anywhere else in the UK and is the most prosperous and cosmopolitan region outside London.  It owes

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Kipling’s House

Bateman's, Rudyard Kipling's House in Sussex, England

We travelled to Bateman’s, Rudyard Kipling’s Sussex home for 34 years, through the impossibly pretty village of Burwash, all whitewash and weatherboard.  You reach the house down what Kipling described as “an enlarged rabbit-hole of a lane” to arrive in what is now a car park.  I wondered how it had all looked when the

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