Rother is the easternmost district of East Sussex, very rural in character, with just a few small towns including Bexhill-on-sea and the historic towns of Battle and Rye. The borough of Hastings, encompassing a relatively large seaside town, lies surrounded by Rother. The district is a mixture of High Weald landscape, including sandstone cliffs where the Weald meets the sea, but also flatter coastal areas including the Pevensey Levels and Romney Marshes.
In this self-styled 1066 country, the principal sight is Battle Abbey, marking the spot where the Battle of Hastings took place. There are many castles to explore including Hastings and Herstmonceux, but best of the bunch is the fairytale Bodiam Castle. Other sights include Great Dixter House and Gardens; and Rudyard Kipling’s house, Batemans.