Ponies on the clifftops at Hastings Country Park
A civil parish only minutes from the sea, the delightful village of Pett has a typical Sussex feel, with pretty cottages and a church surrounded by livestock and fields. Beautiful in the Spring when lambing takes place, or during harvesting when the local landscape is dotted with bales of hay waiting to be stacked, this village is worth a visit.
If you go in Springtime, you will be lucky enough to witness an abundance of daffodils outside the parish church – locals make a huge effort to make the village look pretty at this time, as tulips bursting with colour are sprinkled throughout the whole village.
Nestled in between Hastings and Rye, the village of Pett is surrounded by other small villages such as Fairlight, home to the magnificent Fairlight Hall which hosts events throughout the year. There are some beautiful walks, and whether you are on holiday with a canine friend or little ones, one of the most beautiful places to walk are the renowned Firehills in Hastings Country Park.
Nearby beach at sunrise
With spectacular views across the English Channel to France on a clear day, and miles of both countryside and cliff top walking, it is the perfect spot for a day out. Take a picnic if it is sunny as there are various places to pull out a blanket and just lie back and listen to the lap of the waves underneath. If the weather fails you, stroll along to Coastguards Tea Room where you can absorb the view whilst enjoying a delicious cream tea. They will welcome your pooch as well so no need to leave him or her out!
There is a great selection of places to eat out in the area. At the Two Sawyers pub in the heart of the village, you will find a roaring open fire for cosying up on cold winter nights and a spacious beer garden for sultry summer evenings. For a cool vibe, head down to The Ship at Winchelsea Beach where a boutique-style food shop sits next to a café and restaurant. You can then work off the pounds afterwards with a walk along the sea wall or over the expanse of shingle beach.
For a special evening out, take a trip to Rye, a quaint old Sussex town known for its selection of tearooms, cafés and restaurants. Dining options include The Globe Inn Marsh, Webbe’s at The Fish Cafe, and The Standard Inn.
"One of the most beautiful places to walk are the renowned Firehills in Hastings Country Park."
You will not want to miss out on visiting the delightful Winchelsea, allegedly the smallest town in England. More like a village, it perches above the lower seaside part of Winchelsea Beach and is the home of Spike Milligan’s final resting place.
For a more lively day out, visit Hastings which is only five miles away and a hive of activity, with old town antique shops and pubs sitting alongside typical seaside attractions.