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Battle - Several miles inland from Hastings, Battle is the historic and beautiful market town which grew around the abbey founded by William I to mark his conquest of the Saxons. The town is the centre of a 31 mile 1066 Country Walk, between Pevensey Castle and ancient Rye.

Hailsham - Hailsham is an historic Market Town, with a history spanning back to Norman times. Close by is Michelham Priory, a converted Tudor house with one of the largest moats in the country and the enormous market place is the last remaining cattle market in the county.

The town centre offers a variety of shops, including two Superstores, a superb Leisure Centre, a Heritage Centre, Cattle and General Markets are held weekly. The picturesque Cuckoo Trail runs through Hailsham, giving easy access to the surrounding countryside.

Heathfield - A modern housing development and an ancient Sussex village in a well-wooded part of the Sussex Wield. Heathfield was once a centre of the Sussex iron working industry. In 1450 Jack Cade who had led a rebellion was captured and killed here. Heathfield is one of Wealden's busy market towns, very easy to find, straddling the main A265 and alive with interesting shops as well as a weekly market.

In contrast ancient Waldron, just a few miles away, is a quiet traditional Sussex village. With a lovely country pub looking across the square, church bells ringing out and even its own vineyard.

Lewes - The county town of East Sussex, Lewes is an attractive place situated in a gap through the South Downs. Its 13th century castle rises above the town, and sloping streets wind around some of the town’s other interesting architectural features. In particular, Anne of Cleves House is a lovely 16th century building, with fascinating displays inside.

Lewes has many artistic and musical aspects as well. In addition to hosting its own festival, it is only a few minutes away from Glyndebourne, home of the legendary operatic festival. Also nearby is Charleston, the country meeting place for the Bloomsbury Group, which holds its own festival and events.

Peacehaven - A cliff-top settlement of bungalows built after World War 1, which was to have been called Anzac-on-Sea. A monument to George V on the cliffs marks the Greenwich Meridian, inscribed with distances to towns of the British Empire.

Pevensey - Located between Eastbourne and Hastings, Pevensey, is where the Normans invaded the English shoreline in 1066. The Castle, now inland, was built on Roman foundations by a half-brother of the Conqueror. There is also Herstmonceux Castle, built in the 15th Century which used to be home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.

Pevensey is a friendly welcoming Sussex village with a variety of shops, restaurants, pubs and holiday accommodation. The shingle beach offers clean, safe bathing, whilst the flat marshlands create an eerie, primeval atmosphere.

Robertsbridge - Typical Sussex village with weatherboarded shops and houses. Close to the River Rother. Famous as a centre for the manufacture of cricket bats.

Rye - A Cinque Port standing on a knoll that was once washed by the sea, but is now left high and dry. Rye was first chartered by the Confessor, fortified by Stephen, made a Cinque Port during the reign of Henry III, and furnished nine ships for the siege of Calais under Edward III. The red roofed houses and cobbled streets are reminiscent of a Flemish town. The Ypres Tower dates from about 1160. The Mermaid" Inn is famous for its mediaeval architecture. Rye was once the home of Henry James. Nearby is Camber Castle built by Henry VIII.

Seaford - Between Brighton and Eastbourne. A quiet seaside resort, with a rich history for this was a Norman Channel seaport and later joining the Cinque ports, had two members of Parliament. When the River Ouse moved west (to form Newhaven) the port was dead, the town became a ?rotten borough'. Seaford became notorious for smuggling and wrecking. The Church, of flint and stone, is Early English. Seaford Head, chalk cliffs lead over to the valley of the Cuckmere, and Seven Sisters Country Park, so the area is rewarding for walkers.

St Leonards-on-Sea - Resort attached to Hastings laid out in 1828 by the architects James and Decimus Burton around a fine public garden. Many of the Victorian buildings survive.

Uckfield - Uckfield is Seven miles north of Lewes, ideally situated between London and the South Coast and within a few minutes drive of the lovely Sussex countryside with many places of historic interest.

The town was once an important centre for the Sussex iron industry - today it offers a good range of shops, restaurants and, for the film enthusiast, a cinema which attracts all the latest releases.

The historic Bridge Cottage is well worth a visit, and in direct contrast to the Utopia Leisure Centre and excellent conference facilities at the Uckfield Civic Centre.

Winchelsea - The smallest town in Britain, three miles south of the town of Rye. Today's town is the shrunken remain of a new town planned and laid out by Edward I in 1288 to replace an older Winchelsea lost to the sea. Fully built and walled the new port had 6000 inhabitants, but the Cinque Port failed as the River Rother harbour silted up and now just 600 people occupy a mostly empty town. Beginning of 1066 Country Walk and on route of Saxon Shore Way.

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