Just a short journey from London, discover a world of unspoilt charm and outstanding natural beauty, including the designated South Downs National Park.
Over 60% of the Mid Sussex district is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the gently rolling High Weald in the north to the chalk escarpments of the South Downs. This area of Sussex is at the heartland of some of the most beautiful countryside in England and includes parts of the spectacular South Downs Way.
The unique pair of Jack and Jill Windmills sits happily on the South Downs overlooking the ancient routes and paths that criss-cross this green and pleasant land. So it’s no surprise to learn that this natural beauty has inspired poets, artists, writers and film makers alike.
Lasting signs of Sussex’s history and heritage nestle in the unspoilt countryside. Ancient woodlands sit with medieval timber-framed and tile hung houses. Winding country lanes bordered by natural hedgerows lead to historic houses, ancient churches, and hidden villages with cricket greens, and duck ponds overlooked by the village pub.
Great Gardens of Sussex – gardens that are linked by plant hunters, design, and a rich Weald soil providing the ultimate growing conditions for a range of exotic and unusual plants – are waiting to be discovered. Minutes from each other, the woodland glades at High Beeches, Borde Hill’s sub-tropical Dells, and the fascinating horticultural styles of Nymans are all worth a visit. Plus, don’t forget to visit Kew’s ‘Country Garden’ at Wakehurst Place and its important Millennium Seed Bank.
Nearby, Beech Hurst Garden boasts a miniature railway and has a family restaurant on site. Free to visit, the garden makes for a great family day out.
The three market towns of Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath offer speciality shopping and a place to enjoy a bite to eat, whilst antique shops, galleries and local crafts can be found in many of the villages.
Walkers and cyclists return year after year to explore the hundreds of miles of paths. There are many excellent golf courses set in stunning countryside, sailing and fishing on reservoirs, and leisure centres and outdoor facilities that offer a multitude of activities including fun pools, tennis and pitch and putt.
A number of major and local events are held each year – International show jumping at Hickstead, veteran car and steam rallies, outdoor summer concerts in beautiful surroundings, country fairs and the South of England Show at Ardingly.
So, whether exploring the countryside, enjoying the fresh air and tranquility or taking a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle, this charming corner of Sussex offers you an unforgettable experience.
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