THE LOCAL AREA
There are heaps of activities and places to visit around us.
Whether you are looking for a thrill, to relax on a beach, get lost in the woods or explore new towns and old villages, there is something for you.
The local village of Waldron is about 20 minutes stroll through the fields. Here you will find the village church with amazing views across the fields.
On Saturdays and Sundays you might be lucky to catch the village cricket team in action on the village green, or more likely drinking afterwards in the local Pub, the Star Inn.
A little further afield, around 1 hour's walk, are the villages of Chiddingly and East Hoathly.
Chiddingly is home to the famous old biker bar The Six Bells, which is now a favourite among locals, with live music at the weekends. The village also often has art and craft fairs and a beautiful church and gardens.
East Hoathly has a small corner shop and post-office, excellent to grab the essentials if you don't want to drive. The Kind's Head pub has its own microbrewery, and on Wednesdays a wood-fired pizza van stops by to cure the locals cravings.
The nearest town is Heathfield. It is about 10 minutes away and can provide most requirements, with has two supermarkets, bank, post office and several local food shops.
Just 15 minutes drive away is the historic town of Lewes, with its castle, numerous antique shops and independent stores. It is also the home of Harveys brewery, famous for its traditional english ales.
The South Downs with their amazing walks and views and the coastal towns of Eastbourne and Brighton are within a half hour drive. Take a dip in the sea at Birling Gap or spend the day at the pier.
Whinnie the Pooh's 100 acre wood at Ashdown forest is also easily accessible - why not have a game of pooh sticks?
Local National Trust properties include Batemans - the home of Rudyard Kipling, Wakehurst and Sheffield Park Gardens.
There are tons of activities around us.
These are just a few of our favourites to do, but there are pleanty of others to suit everyone!
A great day for the whole family, the bluebell railway is a steam powered train which takes you back in time. With 4 stations, you learn about the industrial age and the history of the steam engine, stepping back in time on the original vintage carriages:
Why not push your skills by heading out on some of the best trails in the south east. The South Downs have trails for every ability, and you can find more information here:
At the Seven Sisters Ccountry Park there is a great opportunity to get out for a paddle on the Cuckmere river. It is a beautiful site, and you can hire a range of kayaks and SUP boards to have a paddle in a safe contained area:
The Cuckoo Trail is a 14-mile footpath and cycleway which runs from Heathfield to Eastbourne, a seaside town. Mostly flat and built along an old railway track, the trail runs through a series of small towns and villages on the way, with great cafes and craft stalls right on the trail. Go the full way or just a small section, the nearest village it connects to is Horam:
Wakeboarding, windsurfing and SUP
If you fancy a bit more of a thrill on the water, and don't mind a drive, then 1 hour away on the coast of Brighton and Hove is a watersports activity centre, where you can learn to wakeboard, windsurf, sail or SUP. They also have kids groups, yoga and even powerboat rides! There is also the option of rental if you already consider yourself a pro...:
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