Posted 3 February 2012 by Andrew Gardner
We're enjoying a winter cold snap here in Sussex with beautiful crisp clear days, in my view that's what winter is all about and it's pleasing to avoid all the snow that blighted us last winter!.
Our winter booking activity has been far more active with many guests enjoying short breaks away in Sussex even at this coldest time.
I read an article in the Independent recently on the best winter walks. We have long held the view that getting on to the Sussex chalk downland whether walking the South Downs Way or enjoying the myriad of paths and bridleways that cross Englands latest National Park is a wonderful way to enjoy the winter air and our stunning scenery when it's at its bleakest time.
Two short walks feaure in the top 50 in Britain; Across the South Downs between Bishopstone and Berwick a particularly stunning six mile walk involving of course a country pub in the springline village of Alciston, and the Jack and Jill from Ditchling Beacon titled a walk through history. The Jack and Jill Windmills make an imposing site on the top of the Downs at West Clayton and the walk there from Ditchling Beacon is just wonderfully picturesque as you look out across the Sussex Weald and south towards Brighton and the coast.
Step away from the Downs and a walk around Batemans in East Sussex rates very highly. It is a landscape of undulating fields, woodland and open heath with sunken route ways once used by Anglo Saxon drovers. This is one of the reasons that inspired Rudyard Kipling to settle here, and this walk takes you around the grounds of Kipling's home!
So looking for some winter fresh air and an invigorating brisk walk? take a browse at some cosy country cottages!