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If you’re looking for something to do during your stay at an East Sussex hotel then you’ve probably already considered exploring the beautiful countryside around the area. There are numerous ways to experience it, whether it’s driving along a scenic route, walking in some of the picturesque towns or villages, cycling through the countryside or finding a footpath and trekking down it. You might even have asked the staff at your Rye hotel which walks are the best in the area, but if anybody suggests that you walk the entire South Downs Way during your stay, they’re pulling your leg.

It’s not that the South Downs Way is impossible to walk (far from it in fact, this path was made for walking) it’s that the length of it doesn’t lend it to being walked during a single holiday to Sussex. The whole path measures in at one hundred miles stretching from Winchester to Eastbourne, meaning you travel through East Sussex, West Sussex and Hampshire. Clearly, a walk like this requires its own holiday.

However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t walk on it at all. The South Downs Way is easily accessible from plenty of different locations, and a popular thing to do is secure transport to one of these locations (either utilising the local bus service or having one of the less walk-focussed holiday makers give you a life) and then walk to the next one, or the one after that, and get on a bus or get picked up again. You’ll see some of the most beautiful areas of the county doing this, and it’s highly recommended as an activity for a day.

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