The county of East Sussex covers 692 square miles with half of this land being designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the High Weald. Part of the historic county of Sussex, the South Downs are a central part of East Sussex, which include the series of chalk cliffs called the Seven Sisters, the county also boasts castles at Bodiam, Herstmonceux, Lewes and Pevensey, and coastal towns such as Eastbourne and Hastings.
East Sussex is home to the Ashdown Forest, just around the corner from Forest Lodge and Wisteria Lodge, providing locals and the People we Support with an opportunity to explore the outdoors with ease. The loved Winnie-the-Pooh stories were set in Ashdown Forest, with the 500 Acre Wood, Pooh Corner and Poohsticks Bridge, where you can play Poohsticks, all just a short drive away from our East Sussex homes. The county is full of history, including the Battle of Hastings in 1066, where today, Battle Abbey stands as a significant reminder and the site features re-enactments depicting the battle, making for a good day out. Local piers are in Eastbourne and Brighton, each town composed of pebbled beaches, and Eastbourne Airbourne is an annual air show featuring memorial flights, including displays from the Red Arrows. The county is full of expansive parks and charming towns to visit, making the people we support and their families’ stays an opportunity to explore the beautiful nature surrounding our homes.
The county of West Sussex covers 769 square miles, which includes the South Downs National Park, known for its expansive walking and cycling routes through the county. West Sussesx is made up of seven districts: Adur, Arun, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex and Worthing. Many of our SHC homes are located either in, or close to, these districts. Our local transport is available for day trips to explore this wonderful county.
More than 835,000 people live and enjoy the expansive beauty of the county, taking in its uniqueness, whether that be England’s largest art festival, or its buildings, some of which date back to 780AD. There are enough historical documents about West Sussex to cover more than 8 miles of road! Interesting areas, such as the largest Marina in Europe covering 126 acres, Chichester’s harbour – a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the oldest bell in Britain – built around 1100AD in St Botolph near Pulborough, or the home of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” which was written Worthing in 1895. West Sussex is truly a wonderful county to live in and explore.
SHC has its own minibus service, transporting people we support and staff, as well as family members and loved ones, to and from homes, local towns and on trips out. Our specially adapted vehicles allow the people we support to choose where they would like to go easily, without any worry of how to get there. Popular trips include Brighton seafront, Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, Worthing Pier, and trips to local parks, such as Tilgate Park in Crawley and The Deer Park in Warnham.