Guide To Holidaying In West Sussex
A guide by Tasha Savell
Here you are located in the heart of the South Downs, a unique landscape, being remnant of an extensive dome that originally covered much of Southern England and the extreme North of France. The eastern end of the Downs is cut off by the sea, forming the Seven Sisters. Four rivers also flow through the Downs: the Cuckmere, Ouse, Adur and Arun, providing an outrageous contrast between the intimidating cliffs and fierce flowing waters!
Sussex is made for walking - the beautiful South Downs has a network of over 2000 miles of well-managed, well-signed and easily accessible trails, on foot, horseback or bicycle. Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the high chalk downland and the small fields and deep wooded valleys of the Weald. It is truly a beautiful historical place which brings something for the whole family.
Sussex is full of treasures, just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. The county's rich heritage includes fairytale castles, medieval manors and Tudor mansions, Roman mosaics, arts and crafts showpieces and an exotic royal palace. The glorious gardens of Sussex are famous too, and include woodland parks, 'Capability' Brown landscapes and romantic walled gardens on a more domestic scale.
For something different, take a tour and tasting at a Sussex vineyard, known for their award-winning 'Champagne' style sparkling wines. And the county is a great hunting ground for antiques and vintage items, with everything from car boot sales and flea markets to bric-a-brac stalls antiques emporiums and auction houses.
A change is as good as a rest, and if you're the active type, you'll find plenty to do here: try walking, cycling and horse riding on the South Downs, fishing in rivers and lakes, or a few rounds of golf on a championship course. Learn a new sport like windsurfing, sailing or rollerblading.
Develop your creative side on a residential course in painting, sculpture, pottery or photography, or try cookery courses with a top local chef. Indulge yourself with great food too.
From Michelin-starred country manors to cozy gastro pubs and breezy beachfront cafés, there's a huge range of places to eat and drink in Sussex, many using local produce from Sussex growers and farmers.
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