What to see and do
For the More Active
- How about Hang Gliding over the Downs at Glynde?
- Beachy Head Marathon (or Half Marathon) in October, one of the most challenging routes taking in stunning scenery
- Eastbourne Half Marathon in March
- Mountain Biking on the Downs or through Friston forest – Bike Hire aavailable at Exceat
- Canoeing at Exceat
- Walking along the South Downs Way start at any point from Eastbourne westwards
- Eastbourne Walking Festival in September
Interested in History?
There are so many castles in the area, including:
- Battle Abbey
- Pevensey Castle
- Lewes Castle
- Newhaven Fort
and other historic houses:
- Firle Place
- Michelham Priory
- Glynde Place
- Ann of Cleves House
- Brighton Pavilion
Neolithic Barrows are to be found regularly on the Downs, including
- Mount Caburn nr Lewes
- Firle Beacon
- Long Man at Wilmington
There is an ancient tale that tells of the giant Gill who lived on Mount Caburn, who from Firle Beacon threw rocks at the giant at Wilmington. What we know and see as the Long Man on the Downs at Wilmington, is the place where the giant was felled.
Eastbourne is also staging a free Exhibition called ‘Meet your Ancestors’ which gives more information about those who lived and died on the Downs in pre-history.
And if you are interested in Fossil hunting, you have fantastic resources around the chalk coast at Eastbourne. For more information follow this link: http://www.discoveringfossils.co.uk/locations_se.htm
There’s so much to see and do nearby, here’s a few more selections, click the title to see the whole story:
The location of Little Marshfoot is ideal for cyclists, as there is easy access to the Pevensey Levels which are flat and more or less free from traffic.
Alternatively the Cuckoo Trail which is completely traffic free is only half a mile away.
Those who may prefer a more challenging ride can travel north out of Hailsham and climb up onto the High Weald, travelling through unspoilt villages.
Walk across the Pevensey Levels, along the South Downs Way or through the ancient forests of the High Weald – there are so many beautiful places to visit, and other than on Sundays or Bank Holidays you find yourself very much away from anyone and everyone.