A stroll around Seaford

Once a thriving town for smugglers and looters, the coastal town of Seaford is steeped in history and natural beauty. Research: Katrina Playford and Gary Price

E Ventis Vires is the Latin inscription on the Seaford Coat of Arms presented on 8 April 1953; it means strength from the wind, which epitomises the spirit of this plucky little seaside town. It was once a major harbour, and Seaford residents have led a colourful life, being raided by French pirates and looting wrecked ships in the 16th Century. This raffish past earned them the nickname cormorants. Thankfully the current residents are more welcoming and their town has plenty to offer its visitors, day or night.

Seaford Museum of Local History (Satnav: BN25 1JH)Originally one of a group of defences built from Aldeburgh stretching around the coast to Eastbourne, the Martello Tower is number 74 of 103 structures built to protect from Napoleon and his army.Although these threats are no longer prevalent, the tower has been turned into Seaford’s Museum of Local History, which features both maritime and local treasures. From displays of Edwardian dress to souvenirs of Royal events, there is something for everyone to enjoy.The museum is entirely run by volunteers, which means opening times are limited, but a trip to Seaford wouldn’t be complete without dipping your toe in this pool of local history. Summer Opening (Easter to late October)Sundays and bank holidays 11:00 - 13:00 & 14:30 - 16:30. Wednesdays and Saturdays 14:30 - 16:30Admission: Adults �1.50. Members free. Children 50p. Concessions �1.00 For more see www.seafordmuseum.co.uk

Seven Sisters Country Park  (Satnav: BN25 4AD)Seven Sisters is a great place to cycle or walk around and easy access trails mean even people with wheelchairs or pushchairs are able to experience the South Downs National Park. If you want to engage with nature a bit more actively, then birdwatching could be the thing for you. Many birds use this 280 hectare site as their habitat and there are maps and a bird list in the visitor centre to spark your interest. Or, if you prefer water sports, then the Seven Sisters Canoe Centre has qualified instructors to teach all abilities. For more see www.sevensisters.org.uk

The Long Man of WilmingtonThe mysterious, 227 foot hill figure is cleverly designed to look in proportion when viewed from below. The Long Man’s origins and history are unclear, although research by Professor Martin Bell and Aubrey Manning suggests he dates from the 16th or 17th Century. Olliver’s RestaurantOlliver’s serves contemporary British food sourced from local suppliers alongside mpeccable service, modern d�cor, and a welcoming atmosphere. Three course menus cost from �24.50 and wines start at �14.95. The restaurant is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 7pm and booking is recommended.Tel: 01373 872111

The SilverdaleThe Silverdale is a beautiful Edwardian guest house run by Louise and Norman Mayhew. Located in the very heart of town, the Silverdale is within walking distance of Splash Point, a famous RSPB viewing point for watching the beautiful kittiwakes. Rooms include a mini-bar, en suite bathroom and a television. Dogs are welcome at a �3 surcharge. Prices start from �80 for a double room.Reservations can be made online at www.silverdaleseaford.co.uk. Alternatively, contact Louise or Norman Mayhew on 01323 491849 for more information.