Cuckmere Haven is an area of flood plains in Sussex, England where the river Cuckmere meets the English Channel between Eastbourne and Seaford.
The river is an example of a meandering river, and contains several oxbow lakes. Cuckmere Haven on Wikipedia
Ringmer – the local large village with various shops, excellent butcher (who makes sausages for Harrods), local baker, and community college and a swimming pool. Ringmer Village Website
Barcombe – beautiful little village with wonderful small village school, well worth exploring. Village shop and post office very supportive part of the local community.
Lewes – designated the county town of Sussex, Lewes is couched in history with the priory ruins and the Normal castle, as well as Anne of Cleves House
Alfriston –a beautiful village full of history, including the first property ever acquired by the National Trust (Alfriston ClergyHouse), and a stunning church known as “The Cathedral of the Downs”. It has many narrow alleys and timber-framed buildings. Its a great place to spend an afternoon, have tea, and browse in the book shop Much Ado or visit the most amazing kitchen equipment shop Steamer Trading.
Brighton – now officially designated a city as Brighton and Hove City, Brighton is a local centre for nights out, art and music. Shingle beaches are very popular, as are the old fashioned “Lanes”, narrow pedestrian shopping streets. Not to be missed! Also the home of The Royal Pavillion, an Eastern-style palace built by the then Prince Regent (George IV) from 1787 to 1823.
Newhaven – a fishing port with ferries and hovercraft to France – close at hand for day trips! You can’t buy fresher fish than this.
Eastbourne – long considered to be a retirement town, Eastbourne has a wide selection of night clubs, theatres, cinemas and galleries. The beaches are shingle (like most of those in this region, the only real exception being Camber Sands) and the promenade is very peaceful – great rollerblading!
Litlington is near Alfriston and has a delightful plant nursery and tearoom. On the same site are a gift shop full of healing and angel cards, scented candles and natural fibre clothes, and the most amazing crystal shop that I have ever seen.