The Downs , The Downs, England , United Kingdom
The Downs, England

The Downs are a roadstead or area of sea in the southern North Sea near the English Channel off the east Kent coast, between the North and the South Foreland in southern England

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The Downs

United Kingdom
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The Downs' southeast shore has several renowned sites. Eastbourne's Seven Sisters Country Park includes a series of chalk cliffs reaching 525ft at their peak. Hastings has preserved its ancient fishing port and wooden huts, which were used as net-drying racks on the beach. But the town has also become a highly appreciated seaside resort in summer.

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The Downs , The Downs, England, United Kingdom , United Kingdom
The Downs, England, United Kingdom

In the present day, with the English Channel still the busiest shipping lane in the world, cross-Channel ferries and other ships still seek shelter here.

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The Downs , Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom , United Kingdom
Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom

Eastbourne is a large town between Hastings and Brighton and it is known as the 'sunniest' place in Britain.

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The Downs , Beachy Head, England, United Kingdom , United Kingdom
Beachy Head, England, United Kingdom

Beachy Head is a chalk headland close to the town of Eastbourne, East Sussex, and east of the Seven Sisters. The cliff there is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, at 162m.

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The Downs , Brighton, South England, United Kingdom , United Kingdom
Brighton, South England, United Kingdom

Brighton doesn't really need an introduction. Well-known for its vibrant nightlife and Brighton Pier, there's lots more to the seaside town than it lets on.

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The Downs , Hastings, England, United Kingdom , United Kingdom
Hastings, England, United Kingdom

Hastings Pier was a pleasure pier in Hastings, East Sussex, England. Built in 1872 and enjoying its prime in the 1930s. After suffering severe damage, the pier is now closed.

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