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The Big Top 5 - Sussex Walks
Why not take Aerosmith’s advice and “Walk this way” taking in some of Sussex’s very best rambling and hiking routes?
The Long Man of Wilmington, Wilmington
Just on the main road, 5 minutes from Glynde, you’ll find a footpath leading up to the breathtaking view of the historic chalk man – the ‘Long Man of Wilmington’. From the distance you may not be able to capture the full magnitude of this beautiful piece of landscape art (235 metres tall), so it’s well worth the investment in a good pair of hiking boots! The walk up to the Long Man across the South Downs is rewarding in itself, but why not share a picnic with this iconic giant and soak in the gorgeous view that East Sussex has to offer from above? You can become one with nature with this peaceful day out in Wilmington.
Bodiam Castle Walk, Bodiam
Just a very short, scenic walk from Northiam station – there are two historic attractions that you just have to see in Bodiam! Witness the stunning architecture of the 14th century Bodiam Castle; a ‘glimpse of medieval splendour’. Follow the field paths and bridleways to get the full experience of this national treasure. With a number of pubs along the way, you’ll be able to stay amply refreshed during your adventure.
Not far from your fascinating walk through history, you can visit the Great Dixter House & Gardens, a magical place for family visits and solo visits alike. The floral displays, open ponds and fluid structural designs are something that you can’t afford to miss. Visit the website for ticket prices and more: www.greatdixter.co.uk
Bexhill Promenade, Bexhill-on-sea
If you’re looking for a relaxing day out by the seaside, the Bexhill promenade is the perfect place to take a stroll. It’s a rarity when British seafronts aren’t overcrowded on a sunny day, however, Bexhill is an exception with mile-after-mile of pure tranquillity, regardless of the weather!
Home to the famous 'Sovereign Light Cafe' - as you may know from the 2012 hit record from rock veterans ‘Keane’ - you can indulge in some afternoon tea and cake in this iconic establishment of recent times, and truly capture the feeling of the famous song.
It’s not all ice cream and gentle strolls though. For something a little more active (and wet) Bexhill Sailing Club holds racing events on Wednesday evenings and weekends! All-in-all, Bexhill promenade has something to offer everyone.
Abbots Wood, Arlington
Immerse yourself in the natural sounds and surroundings of Abbots Wood in Arlington, definitely the go-to place for young and experienced adventurers alike. Whether you’re a large group or a solitary walker taking your pup for their daily walk, Abbots Wood has everything you need, and is renowned as one of the best East Sussex walks.
There’s plenty to do for the younger explorers too – the play area is set among the beautiful woodlands and includes stepping stones, swing sets, and acres of grass perfect for roaming. There’s also ice cream available on-site so bring your change purse!
Abbots Wood is a butterfly and dormouse conservation, so be sure to keep an eye out for pretty flying insects and cute rodents. If you’re looking for an extended walk, you can continue onto the Arlington Reservoir, and see the source of water supply to Eastbourne, Polegate, Hailsham and Heathfield areas first-hand, all the while looking out for the recorded 173 bird species in this nature reserve.
As the sun goes down, the forest becomes an enchanted site under the night-sky, ideal for a spot of inspiring stargazing.
Spring Farm Alpaca Walking, Fletching
Topping the list for many reasons is the Spring Farm alpaca walk. As walks in West Sussex go this is a fantastic idea – you’re able to book yourself in for a accompanied stroll that is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face! Spring Farm allows you to have ‘your very own alpaca for the entirety of the walk’ – each alpaca knows their own name, and are treated with so much love by the owners. The experience is tailored not only for your enjoyment, but also for the enjoyment of these gorgeous creatures.
With 106 alpacas on site, each with their own individual personalities (and amazing eyelashes), you’ll be sure to fall in love on your 2-hour walk.
Some of the alpacas that deserve a special mention are Romeo, Neptune and Lord Percy.
Visit the website for more information and gift vouchers: www.alpacawalking.co.uk
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