Light on the feet but rich on the senses in the morning we enjoy off-the-beaten track Old Pevensey with morning coffee & lunch included. In the afternoon we take a panoramic coach tour across the South Downs to Beachy Head before stopping in Eastbourne for free time for tea.
Arrive at 10.30am for morning refreshments in an old oak beamed inn with an inglenook fireplace and a resident ghost. This morning we’ll stretch our legs with a gentle stroll along the picture postcard High Street past the Old Norman Mint and the ancient Court House to the romantic ruined Norman castle. This was once the Old Saxon Shire where William and his Norman knights landed 950 years ago to prepare for what became known as The Battle of Hastings.
Back to the pub for a two course lunch before a scenic panoramic tour up onto the South Downs. At Beachy Head the rolling South Downs crash into the sea forming the tallest chalk cliffs in Britain. It’s a spectacular sight and a fascinating place where we encounter stories of shipwrecks, smugglers and she-devils. Eastbourne “Built by gentlemen for gentlemen” became fashionable when Mad King George came here on holiday.
We’ll sweep along the seafront to just the right spot to enjoy the famous Carpet Gardens and band stand and to find a spot for a cup of tea before heading home at 4.45pm.