At low tide it is possible to walk to Hastings under Fairlight’s lofty sandstone cliffs, but the route up and across the top of the cliffs is more sensational and picturesque. Acre upon acre of grass, rock and gorse cover the cliff top, which is six hundred feet above sea level. A.G. Bradley wrote “there is nothing on the whole main coast of England, between Dorset and Yorkshire, that is at all comparable either in scale or intrinsic beauty, to this Fairlight district”. Most of the park has been designated a special Area of Conservation and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The views are spectacular of Rye bay and the glimmering sea across to the French coast.
Fairlight has a collection of residential properties situated on the main road to Hastings from Pett Level and branching off along unmade lanes stretching to the cliff end. There is a more modern housing estate, many of which are bungalows, near a local shop and post office.
Westward is Hastings (3 miles) with its seafront promenade, Old Town and Priory Meadow shopping centre. From the town there is a direct rail service to London Charing Cross. Hastings offers a wide range of schools including Helenswood Performing Arts College. The Ancient Town and Cinque Port of Rye is 9 miles and is famed for its historical associations, period architecture, medieval fortifications and cobbled ways. The town offers a range of local shops, restaurants and train services on the Brighton to Ashford branch line with fast connections to London (38 minutes) and the Continent.