Autumn is now fully upon us and there are still people out there wanting to take a staycation in the UK before the temperatures get a little too cold.

As a result of this the app Beach Check UK has spoken to various local experts to determine a whole collection of activities to discover the East Sussex coast in the coming months.

These activities and places that might not be on everyone’s radar include a blustery stroll along the beach, fantastic seafood dining options or a hot chocolate at a cosy café.

It will be possible to use the Beach Check UK app to find out about how busy the beach is, car park space availability and facilities before you arrive.

What are the 5 hidden gems along the East Sussex coast?

1066 Country Walk

If you fancy a 31-mile route to walk along then you’re in luck.

The walk follows in the footsteps of the Norman invaders, and has been transformed with new signage, information panels, benches and trail sculptures.

Starting at Pevensey, passing through Battle and ending at Rye, much of the walk travels through the High Weald AONB.

Taking the Bayeux Tapestry as the theme, East Sussex sculptor Keith Pettit is producing a series of sculptures to act as key points along the route.

Five of the sculptures are already in place with the remaining five due to be installed later this year. An illustrated guide features a map, history of the area and eateries to stop at en route.

Bexhill Museum

It has four galleries covering local history and natural history, costume, motoring, and Bexhill in World War II, as well as a current temporary exhibition about the film “Six Minutes To Midnight.”

Some of the museum’s most popular exhibits include the original architect’s model of the De La Warr Pavilion and the Bexhill 1940 Winter Wartime Model Railway.

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Monday) 11am to 4pm.

Rye Castle Museum Ypres Tower

The tower, which is also known as Rye Castle, was built in the 13th or 14th centuries.

It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the town’s former jail.

Additionally, it offers a fascinating glimpse into the town’s history as one of the Cinque Ports, the historic group of coastal towns in Kent, Sussex and Essex.

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Home to a brand-new Discovery Centre, which opened in 2021, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is a great destination for families, couples, friends or solo travellers this summer and autumn.

It holds fantastic wildlife to be discovered along many miles of path, with five accessible birdwatching hides and breath-taking coastal views.

There is also the delightful Lime Kiln Café, serving hearty snacks and meals

Winchelsea Museum

As one of the Cinque Ports, Winchelsea has a rich history, and the small museum contains displays and exhibits which illustrate the past of the Ancient Town of Winchelsea.

The museum is housed in a large room on the first floor of the Court Hall in the High Street, one of the oldest buildings in the town.