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Hiking in Southeast England

I have just a couple of days between stops and would like to stay somewhere that is close to a couple of day hikes (or a quick train ride away). I was thinking south east (Dover, Canterbury, or off toward Brighton), as Brighton is where I am attending a conference later that week. Any ideas in that area, (or anywhere else within the London Plus train pass)?

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2 ideas. 1. Try to find, maybe in England, a hiking guidebook. Should have lots of info. 2. I've doon the Seven Sisters. Three miles I think it was.Very nice coastal hike. Also a very nice pub at the end. 3. I would get, in England, an Ordinance Survey map. They show all kinds of detail about what is around. Every rambler in England caries one.

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Many thanks!
I'll check these out...

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My family spent 10 days in August on a home exchange based in Seaford, England, between Brighton and Eastbourne. It's a little over an hour train ride from London Victoria with a change in Lewes. Seaford has a nice sea front promenade but no arcade games or big hotels. It's not a tourist town, but is full of working people and local businesses. We hiked several days right from our door- all the way to Eastbourne over the Seven Sisters, about 12 miles. Another day we hiked to Alfriston and back over Seaford Head and the South Downs Way. Another hike was along the sea front to the Tide Mills ruins. We could have done another long section of the SDW right from Seaford too. We rented a car but could have hiked every day using just the excellent bus or train service. The area has some wonderful traditional pubs. We liked the Tiger Inn in East Dean, the Plough and Harrow in Litlington, the Giant's Rest in Wilmington, Rose Cottage in Alciston, among others. The Battle area also had some nice hikes- The 1066 Country Walk from Battle,Camber Castle around Rye, walks around Winchelsea and Hastings. We loved southeast England and could have spent another week easily with plenty to do.