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A Literary & Historical travel guide to the Sussex Coast

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present to the Channel a line of bluffs, of which Fairlight Head is the most striking, be­tween Hastings and Winchelsea. The Forest Ridge, which for a considerable distance forms the water­shed between the Channel rivers and the Thames, consists of dry upland country covered with great stretches of bracken, gorse, and heather, or wooded largely with fir and beech, but with fine oak-trees in parts. In some places the scenery slightly recalls Dartmoor, and the district comprises the wildest country in Sussex. The rocks belong to the Lower Cretaceous period. Of several little valleys that extend down from the higher lands to the sea between the cliffs the most striking is Fairlight Glen. At the bottom trickles a little stream over rocks; the sides are thickly wooded and there are large oaks among the trees, which extend to within a few yards of the sea; ferns,
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