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


 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.


Find out about how you can leave the car at home and head off on an adventure. Download the Car Free Days Out leaflet HERE


 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.  



 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


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


 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.



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 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


Discover another way to explore the South Downs National Park. Leave the car behind and go on an adventure with the Lewes Town & Downs Walks. Pick up a copy of the leaflet from Lewes Tourist Information Centre.


 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.

Links for more information and further walks

South Downs National Park

East Sussex County Council

Lewes Travel Man


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

Friends of the South Downs

Friends of the South Downs are the membership charity whose aim is to campaign, protect and conserve the landscape of the park, so that it can be enjoyed by everyone, for future generations. Over 200 walks & strolls are organised each year. Activities, talks & events, campaigning to preserve the landscape, and improving access to the Downs.

For more information VISIT


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What is Nordic Walking for Health?

Due to its origins, Nordic walking is a bit like cross-country skiing without the skis. It is a new way of walking that can improve health, well-being and quality of life. As merely an enhanced form of natural walking, Nordic walking is suitable for all abilities and ages of people, who can walk swinging their arms. By exercising the upper and lower parts of the body simultaneously, it can:

  • improve and maintain your general health and fitness
  • enable you to keep fit at the level you want or need – from social walker to performance sportsperson
  • provide you with a new and different outdoors leisure activity
  • achieve specific health, fitness, social and emotional benefits.

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What do we now know about moderate physical activity such as brisk walking?

Strong evidence is now available of the benefit as well as the cost-effectiveness of brisk walking-based exercise for the whole population as well as for people affected by particular conditions, including cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, being overweight, diabetes, mild to moderate mental health needs and more. The 2013 groundbreaking national research report, whose findings are supported by the UK government, states that:

“For cancer patients, [such] physical activity is beneficial at all stages, as it:

  • improves or prevents the decline of physical function without increasing fatigue
  • helps recover physical function after treatment
  • reduces the risk of recurrence and of developing other long-term conditions
  • helps maintain independence and wellbeing.”*

and: “Cancer survivors can reduce their risk of cancer-specific death and recurrence by up to 50% by staying active.”*.

Moreover, as well as reducing the risk of developing such serious conditions, physical activity like brisk walking can help in treating and managing these conditions, because:

  • “regular physical activity improves control of blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes, even in the absence of weight loss, and can also improve overall fitness. Diabetes UK advises that keeping active will help manage diabetes
  • physical activity plays an important role in cardiac rehabilitation and can help people with peripheral vascular disease walk further before the onset of leg pain. It is also beneficial in rehabilitation programmes for stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients
  • evidence shows that physical activity can help prevent the bone loss associated with ageing across the lifespan of individuals
  • physical activity can counter the effect of rheumatoid cachexia in rheumatoid arthritis  patients, two thirds of whom have significant muscle wasting and increased obesity
  • physical activity can be as effective as antidepressants or psychotherapy in treating mild or moderate depression, particularly in the longer term. The charity Mind recommends that ‘ecotherapy’ — outdoor physical activity — should be recognised as a clinically valid treatment for mental distress.”*

With effective technique, Nordic walking adds exercise value to every step by combining aerobic with resistance exercise in one, i.e. ontop of counting every step, you can make every step count for more !

All of this information has been gathered from the Nordic Walking for Health website.

Click here to find out more about Nordic Walking for Health and to sign up for one of their taster sessions or courses