The Sussex Coast - online book

A Literary & Historical travel guide to the Sussex Coast

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KNOWN over the English-speaking world for their excellent breed of sheep, admired by all who have seen them for the peculiar beauty of their smooth rolling outlines, closely associated with the folk-lore of the county, the South Downs form what is on the whole the most characteristic of Sussex scenery. Owing to the tilting of the strata of the chalk they descend to the south by a very gentle slope (where they have not been eaten into cliffs by the sea), but present a regular wall to the north. Thus when seen from the Weald they are given credit for much more than their real height, and from their steepness and smooth contours they seem more impressive the nearer they are approached, while their character is so different from anything else­where that they still appear as a magnificent mountain range to those who have seen the Alps or the Rockies.
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