Driving the beautiful South Coast Road from Dover

Many of our guests arrive with the vague intention of driving from Dover along the South Coast Road, perhaps to Eastbourne, Brighton and beyond. Spoilt for choice driving the South Coast, with many beautiful villages and towns - and iconic ‘must see’ places along the route, it can be so hard to try and fit it all in! Time is probably the most important decider – so you could ask yourself, where do I need to be and by when, in other words – where are you staying next? We highly recommend www.bedandbreakfastnationwide.com (The Little Green Book) for simply great B&B’s all over the UK and Ireland. In order to make the most of your trip we strongly recommend use of a road map book – after all, it’s not the start and end point that are important – it’s the places along the way that you want to see! We have used approximate postal codes for guidance only.


This is just a brief, very rough guide, written with those in mind that don’t have all day to get to the next destination but do want to get a feel of the South Coast of England – for example Dover, Folkestone, Hythe, New Romney, Hastings, Eastbourne to Brighton – is approx. 3 hours of town driving over 142Km – and that’s without stopping to enjoy the views! So our suggested route takes you from Dover via M20 to Ashford (TN25 4BN), then drops down through the beautiful heart of Kent via A28 to Tenterden (TN3 06LL) www.tenterdentown.co.uk Follows A28 down to Newenden and from there you can either choose to take a left onto A268 to visit the beautiful town of Rye (TN31 7LB) or continue down the A28 through the villages of Broadoak or Brede and take a right turn off to Historic Battle (for Battle of Hastings TN33 0AD) www.visit1066country.com/explore-1066-country/battle From Battle take the A271 towards Eastbourne and the Severn Sisters Country Park (BN25 4AD) – we highly recommend the drive along this amazing coastal route via A259 to Brighton.


Some approximate distances and travel times (by car) from Dover, cutting down through beautiful Kent countryside, for guidance and planning only – info correct at time of writing.


Dover to Rye approx 60KM (1 hour).


Dover to Battle (via Broad Oak) approx. 90Km (1 1/4 hour)


Dover to Eastbourne (for stunning Seven Sisters Country Park) 112Km (approx.2 hours). Dover to Chichester 220Km (2 ¼ hours), Dover to Brighton 150Km (3 hours) – 4 hours free parking at Brighton Marina multi storey car park, bus stops for area are adjacent to MacDonalds.


Southampton via Coastal Route (Eastbourne, Brighton, Chichester and Portsmouth) 170 miles 280Km (5 hours).


Dover to Plymouth via A20 Ashford, Brighton, Portsmouth, Dorchester, Exeter - around 330 miles 530Km (7 hours).



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