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Stay in a pub in East Sussex

East Sussex, an easy car journey from London so ideal for a weekend break as well as a longer holiday is a land of stately homes and castles, swathes of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and countless links to our glorious past. Among the many historic landmarks to be found within the boundaries of East Sussex is the famous battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England.

East Sussex boasts a wealth of towns that are perfect for exploring on foot and make great destinations whatever the season. Brighton’s best-known and grandest feature is surely the Royal Pavilion, created as the seaside palace of the Prince Regent – later George IV. Often referred to as ‘London by the Sea,’ Brighton’s Regency terraces and graceful crescents certainly add the appeal of a city stroll as well as being a superb base for a coastal holiday close to London.

The South Downs is probably the county’s most famous feature – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. Woolf lived at Rodmell, near the delightful old town of Lewes. In terms of country walking, a glance at the map reveals a multitude of walks – short, medium and long. The South Downs Way follows hill paths and cliff-top tracks all the way from Winchester to Eastbourne. There are also bracing cycle rides through the High Weald, along the South Downs Way and via coastal routes between Worthing and Rye.