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I grew up on the south coast of England, and it’s no secret that this is one of my favourite parts of the world. When we were kids, our family loved to explore the south, and for me nothing will ever quite beat this lovely region of my home country. And you may already know that one of my big focuses this year is taking time to travel in your own home country as well as the rest of the world. So, when the folks over at Visit Eastbourne asked me to write a post for their #BreatheItIn campaign* it seemed like the perfect fit.
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Eastbourne is a small seaside town in East Sussex on the south coast of England. Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbour, Brighton, this town is a bit of a hidden gem. It’s also surrounded by some stunning coastline and picture-perfect landscapes like the South Downs, so this is an ideal place to make the most of the lovely English countryside. Here’s why I think Eastbourne makes a fab countryside getaway.
*More info on #BreatheItIn at the end of the post, PLUS I have £250 a Berghaus vouchers to giveaway. So keep reading!
When I returned from my first ever trip abroad (back when I was an adorable blonde-bobbed five year old), Beachy Head would have been one of the first sights greeting me as our ferry arrived home from France. This striking white cliff is the UK’s highest chalk sea cliff, and it’s one of the most iconic sites in the south of England.
South Downs National Park
Eastbourne is the gateway to the UK’s newest national park, the South Downs. Stretching from Eastbourne to Winchester, the park covers 1,600km2 and is filled with diverse landscapes. The South Downs is ideal for a weekend getaway – especially for hikers, walkers, and ramblers.
There’s the 100 mile long South Downs Way for those that love a challenge, or closer to town there are shorter walks and day hikes. In total the South Downs National Park boasts over 3,300km of footpaths, bridleways and byways, so this really is a walker’s paradise.
With over four miles of unspoilt beach, and some gorgeous coastline stretching either side of the town, Eastbourne has plenty of ways to take to the water. Try sailing, or take a cruise by Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat (R.H.I.B.) to explore the South Downs National Park from the water. More active travellers can try Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding, kayaking and canoeing, windsurfing, and even raft building. There’s something for everyone!
Seven Sisters Country Park
Set within the South Downs National Park, the Seven Sisters Country Park is where the South Downs meet the sea. It’s made up of seven white chalk cliffs, the famous Seven Sisters, and it’s a recognised “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. There are also plenty of walking and cycling trails – as well as mountain biking trails in Friston Forest for the more adventurous. With stunning, unspoilt coastline, those bright white cliffs, and grassy river valleys, this really is a stunning place to explore.
#BeatheItIn (Plus Giveaways)
Breathe in the fresh air and the restorative energy of nature! Eastbourne is a perfect countryside destination, and makes an ideal escape from the busy schedules of everyday life. Which is exactly what #BreatheItIn is all about.
To celebrate that, Visit Eastbourne are currently giving away an amazing UK holiday package. You could win a 5* holiday package, with a stay for two at the luxurious Grand Hotel in Eastbourne, as well as £500 worth of Berghaus gear.
But that’s not all. I’ve also got a £250 Berghaus voucher to giveaway right here. Enter on the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
This post was brought to you in collaboration with Visit Eastbourne. As always, all words and opinions are my own.