Beachy Head in Sussex, with its dramatic white cliffs and gently undulating downs, is an area of outstanding natural beauty and Britain's highest chalk sea-cliff. The name derives from Beautiful Headland. Along with the nearby Seven Sisters, Beachy Head is a haven for those who like to walk or cycle.
It's also a great place for picnics, hang-gliding, mountain boarding, kite flying, surfing or the rather less extreme sport of sunbathing. There are many historic sites in the area, as well as pretty villages with good pubs, shops and restaurants to visit, all within easy reach of the main towns of the region.
Beachy Head offers a great day out, visitors are welcome to spend time at the sheep centre, or enjoying the walks, the Hikers Rest Tea and Gift Shop, play cricket on the recreation ground, or enjoy one of the many events in the village that take place throughout the year.
Further information can be found at the Beachy Head Countryside Centre located close to the cliff tops at over 500 feet above sea level.
The High Weald
The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a medieval landscape. Its key features - rolling hills, scattered farmsteads, small woodlands, irregular-shaped fields, open heaths and ancient routeways - were created by the end of the 14th century. Here is a suggested seven wonders of the Weald self-guide tour.
The Ashdown Forest is an area of open heathland and woodland on the highest sandy ridge-top of the High Weald with over 10 square miles of open access land. The Ashdown Forest was the Hundred Acre Wood inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winne the pooh stories. Here are some suggested published walks.
An historic beauty spot on the South Downs Way, named after the huge dry valley that carves its way through ridges of rolling chalk grassland. Britain's first cable car was built here in 1894. It was a great attraction for Victorian day-trippers from London. The concrete foundations are all that survives of the ride that took passengers across the 300m wide valley. On weekends during the summer months it is possible to take an open topped bus from Brighton to Devil's Dyke. Service no 77 is part of the Breeze Up to the Downs service operated by Brighton & Hove bus company. From Devil's Dyke it is possible to enjoy three linear walks, or simply relax and enjoy the view.