COUNTRYSIDE WALKS


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 for more information


A RIVER WALK – BARCOMBE

 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


CHARLESTON WALKS – FIRLE 

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


RAVILLIOUS WALK – GLYNDE

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.


EASTBOURNE TRAILS APP

 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.  



EASTBOURNE WALKS


EAST OF THE PIER HERITAGE TRAIL

 Discover some of the hidden gems and magnificent architectural features in this fascinating self-guided walking trail, East of the Pier. With information boards and a downloadable app, this walking trail reveals many of the secrets behind the Victorian and Edwardian period of the town’s development and the people who played a part in it. Let the story unfold as you walk along the short trail and learn more about the economic and social history of this dynamically changing area of the seafront. All wheelchair accessible, a series of history corners provide more in depth information too. The walk has been created by a group of volunteers as part of a project funded by Eastbourne Borough Council, as a result of the Government Grant allocated after the Pier fire in 2014. VISIT


BLUE PLAQUE TRAIL

Discover the landmarks of Eastbourne’s most celebrated people, from Tommy Cooper to Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens and Ernest Shackleton. Plus discover the place where Sherlock retired according to the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

This heritage trail begins at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, and takes you along the seafront, through the town, into Meads and then the Old Town. You should allow a few hours to complete the trail. 

For more information CLICK HERE


EASTBOURNE TRAILS APP

 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.



LEWES WALKS


THE BATTLE OF LEWES WALK 

Held on 14 May 1264, the Battle of Lewes was one of the two main battles of the Second Barons’ War. Fought between the forces of King Henry III and the barons led by Simon de Montfort, it resulted in the defeat of the king and is seen as an important event in the fight for democracy. Visit Lewes town and find out more about the battle, taking in Lewes Castle, the Cluniac Priory and some possible the battle may have taken place. VISIT


LEWES PUBLIC ART TRAIL

Lewes Town is full of small galleries and artist’s studios, perfect for a stroll if you have been rambling on the downs. Why not follow the Lewes Public art trail and discover the artworks scattered across the town or download the map of art galleries open to visitors. For further details VISIT


CAR FREE DAYS OUT

There are some great tips here for getting out into the countryside without a car. Riverside walks, cliff top walks and art trails. Alternatively pop into Lewes Tourist Information Centre where you can pick up all the information and a map of walking routes and of the town.  Visit STAYLEWES to download a map.


 Tingles Way Walk

Tingle’s Way is a self-guided trail that, as it weaves through Lewes, explores how we are sustained by ecosystem services (or Naturegain) that flow from the natural world. We will see not only how recognising and safeguarding this is so important for our wellbeing, but also that working positively with nature enhances our lives. To download the PDF, click below.



LOCAL WALKING GROUPS


Beachy Head Ramblers

This group are the local representatives of the Ramblers Association (RA) in and around Eastbourne. A friendly group of walkers organising walks mainly in Sussex but occasionally further afield. They currently have around 300 member and new members are always welcome whether they are new to walking or more experienced.

For further information VISIT


Sussex Young Ramblers

This is a friendly group of younger walkers aged from 20 to 49 who enjoy walking the landscapes of East and West Sussex. They also have links with the Surrey under 35s walking group, and the Kent group and link up with them from time to time on joint walks. Most walks include a pub stop, although there are some picnic-only walks in the summer months.

To find out more VISIT


PER – Rambulations

Terry and Peter regularly lead walks as part of the Discovering Sussex programme, details of which can be found in the Discovering Sussex booklet.In addition, walking events, ranging from day walks to four day special events are organised throughout the year.

To find out more about their Sussex Ouse Valley Walks HERE


LDWA Sussex Group

The LDWA (Long Distance Walking Association) organise walks and events in East and West Sussex, occasionally rambling further afield. Walks vary in length but are normally between 10 and 25 miles, depending upon the season. They offer a challenge and the opportunity to explore new areas and meet new people. They welcome you to join any walk in the programme.

For Further Information VISIT


Seaford Rambling Club

Withe Seaford Ramblers, every walk is under the supervision of an experienced leader.Walks are normally approx 3 to 12 miles in length and of varying difficulty.All walks meet at Seaford War Memorial before departing to the start point. Join them for a trial  walk before joining the Club.

To make contact VISIT


U3A – Stroll & Chat

The university of the 3rd Age in Eastbourne believe in Healthy exercise for the good of body and mind. They we use around 30 interesting country walks in the area including taking the 12 bus to walk from Friston Pond along tracks and paths to Birling Gap and back to East Dean.

For further information VISIT


Newhaven Ramblers

This group meet once a week. On walk days they meet in Newhaven at 10am before driving to the walk destination. Transport is not absolutely necessary as there are normally enough cars for all. Their walks are graded for difficulty (easy to hard), distance ( from 4 to 8 miles) and whether it is hilly or flat. Most walks are circular with a lunch stop at one of Sussex’s taditional Pubs. But some of our walkers prefer to bring their own lunch. Walkers do not need to be super-fit but obviously a reasonable fitness is required.

If you think this group are right for you VISIT


Lewes Footpaths Group

The Lewes Footpaths Group are a friendly walking group that arrange a regular programme of walks, social events, coach outings, and holidays for members. Based in Lewes town, they also maintain rights of way in the area, provide courses for members on map reading and becoming walk leaders and have produced books of walks in our local region.

For more information VISIT