What to do locally
Drusillas – possibly the best small zoo in the country with an animal and child friendly, family environment. 5 minutes’ drive from the Ox.
South Downs National Park
The Ox lies within the South Downs National Park which stretches from Eastbourne in the east to Winchester in the west. It offers a landscape as diverse as it is breathtaking. Ask Jonny or Helen to recommend a circular walk from the Ox of just the right mileage for you (and your dog!).
South Downs Way
The South Downs Way is one of 15 National Trails in England and Wales and was the first bridleway National Trail in England. It is also the only National Trail to lie entirely within a National Park. The Ox lies just to the north of the South Downs Way.
The Long Man of Wilmington
Thought to have been carved out of the hill in the 16th or 17th century, the Wilmington Giant lies just to the east of the Ox along well marked footpaths.
Alfriston and The Cuckmere Valley
The pretty village of Alfriston with its medieval Clergy House and its charming shops is within easy walking distance of the Ox.
A world class opera venue, the Glyndebourne Festival runs from May to August and lies just 10 minutes’ drive from the Ox.
Marvel at the stunning meanders in the Cuckmere river valley, wander down to Cuckmere Haven to admire the imposing chalk cliffs at sunset and motor back to the Ox for dinner, just 10 minutes’ drive.
The Bloomsbury group – Charleston Farmhouse
Charleston was the home and country meeting place for the writers and painters of the Bloomsbury group. A month long festival of arts and literature is held here every May. 10 minutes’ drive from the Ox.
Monk’s House, Rodmell (home of Virginia Woolf)
Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s 17th-century country retreat. 25 minutes’ drive from the Ox.
Well worth a visit to see the magnificent frescoes of local people in this Grade 1 listed building, painted by Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Quentin Bell. 5 minutes’ drive from the Ox.