East Sussex Journals

Driving East Sussex

A September 2002 trip to East Sussex by sandrabelks

Quote: Another driving journal, with details on all cities visited (hopefully) forthcoming.

Driving East Sussex

Overview

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East Sussex was the first English region I went to after I experienced London and its surroundings. After carefully studying the map and the guidebooks, I settled on hiring the car. While not the most economical, it was certainly the wisest decision from the sightseeing point of view. Because, although major cities and towns can be easily reached using the public transportation system, other sights like the Downs and various historical castles seemed to me to require either an unusually ingenious mind in compiling a travel timetable, or a hired car. I opted for the second. Brighton, famous for its Royal Pavilion, is a perfect discovery base, but lodgings can be on the expensive side. While ...Read More

Lewes

Attraction

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Saxon tribes, William the Conqueror’s Normans, and Henry VIII’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, are just some of the historical figures who made Lewes, a small town in East Sussex, an interesting case for a modern-day tourist. The Saxons considered Lewes to be a perfect vantage point, and William the Conqueror built a wooden castle a year after he invaded Britain and fought the Battle of Hastings. Nothing remains of that original buildings, but some ruins of its stone successor are still in place and can be visited. Lewes also had something to do with the cornerstone of British democracy, since it was at Lewes that the barons of the rebel leader Simon de Montfort defeated Henry III, who vehemently oppose...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

The Downs

Attraction

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The North and South Downs are alone worth hiring a car to see them, since, like most natural sights, they are rather inconvenient to visit using public transport. Your other option, if you are fit enough and have plenty of time on your hands, is to hike your way through the breathtaking region. Geologically and geographically speaking, the downs are rounded and grass-covered chalk (although not always) hills. East Sussex is not the only place in England where you can see them - Kent, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, West Sussex, and Surrey are your other options - but those in East Sussex, starting off Eastbourne, are among the most idyllic and picturesque. If you wish to impress yo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

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