Rural Walks

Why is walking important to your health?

To find out more about why walking is important for your health CLICK HERE

To read all about Nordic Healthwalking CLICK HERE


Please be aware of the cliff fall danger along the coast when walking and keep a safe distance from the edge. If you see someone in danger on or near the cliffs, call 999 immediately and ask for the coastguard.



We have selected some of our favourite self-guided walks below, take a look and find one that suits you!

Countryside Walks along the South Downs Way

Seven Sisters and Beachy Head, East Sussex
Approx. 8 miles
Circular and Linear Walk
A stunning circular walk that takes in Birling Gap, Seven Sisters and Friston Forest. This is quite a lengthy walk and should take about 6 hours.

The walk can be started from public transport using bus route 12 / 13 stopping at Exceat (Seven Sisters Country Park), East Dean Village or Birling Gap.

Parking is available at Seven Sisters Country Park, East Dean or Birling Gap.

Refreshments are available from Birling Gap, East Dean and Seven Sisters Country Park. CLICK HERE



Take a walk along the River Ouse, across fields to discover the three villages of Barcombe. This is a particularly stunning area of East Sussex, with plenty of wildlife along the riverbanks. You can download a walking guide of the area HERE





Discover the home of the Bloomsbury set and the surrounding countryside they enjoyed. Charleston’s rural setting in the South Downs National Park make it an ideal place to walk, and visitors that arrive by foot can receive a Green Traveller discount for House & Garden entry. To download walking maps VISIT



Eric Ravillious was a Sussex based watercolorist who took inspiration from the South Downs coast and country. On this walk you can take in many of the scenes that inspired his work and see the cottage where he created his critically acclaimed works. For a detailed walking route VISIT To see a permanent collection of his works you could also visit the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne. CLICK HERE for the Towner Website.


It can be difficult to get the little ones walking, especially if the route is too challenging or ‘boring’. Luckily for parents, families online have created a page dedicated to walks that that are perfect for family groups. There site is well worth a visit and will hopefully encourage you little ramblers to enjoy what out district has to offer. For lots of great suggestions VISIT



If you would like to discover more of Eastbourne and the Southdowns with plenty of scenic and heritage walks, then download the FREE VisitEastbourne Trails app here!

The app is available on the iPhone  or Android phone from iTunes or Google Play.