A historical hotbed, the quixotic market town of Lewes is tucked away in a natural crook sat betwixt the chalky walls of the South Downs National Park. Nestled in a natural cradle, it sits on the Prime Meridian and is surrounded by an organic amphitheatre, dissected by the sinewy River Ouse and peppered with historical buildings and old English churches.

Brimming with character and full of nostalgic romance, it exudes charm and is equally as perfect for walking holidays with your dog as it is for family holidays and whimsical escapes with your better half. Shun the status quo and spend leisurely mornings and dreamy afternoons winding through the town’s twittens and medieval streets, fully immersed in the holiday spirit.

Home to myriad independent boutiques, antique dealers, cafés and bookshops, you can wander past the townhouse that belonged to Anne of Cleves, the Grade-II listed Southover Grange and the medieval Lewes Castle, before branching off into the surrounding countryside. Idyllically placed for days in the South Downs and less than 10 miles from the coast, adventure awaits at every turn.

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