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.
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.© Prisca Koller / age fotostock
Eastbourne is a large town between Hastings and Brighton and it is known as the 'sunniest' place in Britain.© Ralf Gosch / age fotostock
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.© Thomas Neubauer / age fotostock
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.© Francesco Carucci
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.© David Fowler