Posted on 29 March 2019
Here's an easy walk between the pretty village of Alfriston and the iconic Long Man at Wilmington, using sections of the South Downs Way plus local paths. It's not a circular route but it takes just 1hr (without stops) so you could make it a there-and-back, perhaps pausing for a picnic at the Long Man or a pub lunch in Alfriston. There's a car park at each end or you can use public transport – at the time of writing, bus route 125 (though not on public holidays) covers Wilmington, Alfriston and Polegate, which is accessible by train.
Posted on 28 January 2019
Sussex is a haven for ramblers. The keen can walk the South Downs or the Weald using one of our cosy holiday cottages as a base, while the rest of us take in small sections of this scenic landscape near our holiday cottages, or enjoy a gentle stroll by the sea. Here to start the year are two versions of one of my favourite circular walks – Chanctonbury Ring.
Posted on 8 June 2018
Calling keen walkers! Have you tried the South Downs Way Annual Walk? As I write there are only a few places left this year (8-16 June), but if you've missed out this time then do book ahead for 2019 and take a year to whet your appetite.
Posted on 9 May 2016
There are many organised activities encompassing the South Downs Way - running, walking and cycling. If you are taking part in any of these and need somewhere to stay, then we offer a great selection of cottages within the South Downs. Alternatively you may wish to explore the National Park at your own leisure - please take a look at our selection of accommodation in this area.
Posted on 3 May 2016
If you're thinking of visiting East Sussex, we recommend that historic Rye is well worth a visit, with plenty to see and do within the town itself. To explore a little further afield, try walking the 4.5 mile route to Camber Castle! We have a good selection of cottages in or near Rye and Camber - take a look on our website.
Posted on 18 April 2016
Sussex is such a wonderful place for walkers to enjoy with an array of footpaths and trails to explore. We were delighted to hear of Natural England's plan on devising a new long distance trail between Hampshire and Shoreham - watch this space...
Posted on 26 November 2015
The winter months can be an excellent time to explore the South Downs by bike. With plenty of trails and wintry scenery to admire, wrap up warm and enjoy the fresh air! Plenty of our cottages offer cycle storage, so once you have finished your cycling for the day, you can return to your cosy Sussex cottage.
Posted on 16 August 2013
I hope you've been able to make the most of all the perfect beach weather we've been having. Many of our gorgeous Sussex holiday cottages are within an ace of the sea, while others are perfectly situated for the shady lanes and villages during the heat of day and perhaps a stroll to the beach once it cools down a bit.
Please take a moment to check the tide tables if you're planning to go to the beach, too. Just recently, three men had to be rescued after being stranded on a sandbank at West Wittering by the incoming tide. They walked out at low tide, got cut off and tried to swim back but got into difficulties and while one was taken by road ambulance to the nearest hospital, the other two lost consciousness and needed the air ambulance. These beautiful Sussex beaches are here to be enjoyed, but please keep your eyes open - the tide can come in very quickly in some places and it's so easy to lose track of time. The other danger is undertow, which can be so deceptive in a calm sea.
Posted on 30 July 2013
Another weekend, another gorgeous Sussex walk. I've raved about the South Downs plenty of times, but one route I've neglected until now is the Downs Link. This recreational track - which means it's open to walkers, horse riders and cyclists and is marked by those little diamond shapes on the Ordnance Survey map - stretches about 37 miles from the South Downs Way near Steyning into the wilds of neighbouring Surrey ("there be dragons", in ancient map parlance).
The Downs Link basically follows a couple of disused railway lines, which makes it fairly easy walking, and has become a green corridor connecting a variety of natural habitats. Starting from the southern end it crosses the River Adur flood plain, which cuts through the South Downs in a largely arable landscape. After this the beds of hard sandstone known as Horsham Slab start to feature, before it reaches the clay of the Low Weald as it heads for the Sussex/Surrey border. What this means is that you'll see many different types of vegetation along the route which in turn provides homes for wildlife, including some quite rare species.
Posted on 23 November 2012
A couple of weeks ago we revisited one of our favourite West Sussex walks over Chanctonbury Hill. If you're staying in one of the local villages I'm sure you'll have discovered it by now - and if you're based in one of our lovely cottages in other parts of Sussex, it's easy to access as it's not far from the A24, the London to Worthing road. .
This time we took the path that winds up through glorious woods from the north side - it's a fair climb but not too long, and the footing is good. After about 15-20 minutes you reach the South Downs Way and a good view of the famous Chanctonbury Ring. This circle of beautiful trees is planted on the site of an iron age hill fort and although it's not the original, which was destroyed by the infamous storm of 1987, it's looking beautiful now with its autumn colours. Neolithic flint work and Bronze Age pottery have been found there and the site also contains some Roman remains - there was almost certainly a temple, with some other buildings that archaeologists haven't been able to identify.