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10 Walks to Boost Your Wellbeing

With time spent by the coast and countryside believed to improve your wellbeing, we’ve picked 10 top walks both in and around Eastbourne that’ll leave a rosy flush on your cheeks and a spring in your step. Whether you like a vigorous walk or a gentle stroll, we have just the selection for you...

The Sovereign Harbour

Sovereign Harbour

Whether it’s at the crack of dawn or under a glowing sunset, it’s hard not to feel relaxed at Eastbourne’s award-winning Sovereign Harbour. Stroll along the boardwalks of the bustling Waterfront and relax as the magnificent yachts glide by. With numerous bars, cafes and restaurants – it’s the perfect spot to recharge your batteries with a coffee or chilled glass of wine.

The Long Man of Wilmington

Longman by Matt Kuchta
Keeping a watchful eye over the South Downs is the 235 foot tall Long Man etched into the chalky hillside at Wilmington, the unexplained guardian that has confused historians for hundreds of years! The mysterious Long Man can be reached via public footpaths to the base and top of the figure. Be sure to leave enough time for a bite to eat at local pubs, The Giants Rest and The Sussex Ox.

Eastbourne Seafront

Seafront by Matt Kuchta
Featured in the Good Beach Guide, Eastbourne’s seafront is packed with Victorian charm. Whether you’re tucking into a warm bag of chips on a chilly day or cooling down with Italian gelato, you can follow the palm-tree lined path all the way from the Eastern seafront to the iconic Beachy Head.

Seven Sisters Country Park

Situated in the South Downs National Park, the Seven Sisters walk begins in an 18th Century barn packed with handy information all about the country park. The flat route stretches from the River Cuckmere to the Cuckmere Haven, with breathtaking views of the Seven Sisters.

Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail

Bluebells by Matt Kuchta
As soon as spring makes an appearance, there is nowhere quite like the Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail. Wander through carpets of beautifully scented bluebells and take your pick of seven routes with friendly farm animals along the way.

Abbot's Wood

Abbot's Wood by Matt Kuchta
Enjoy a woodland walk around Abbot’s Wood. This stunning woodland is packed with wildlife, from the water fowl and dragonflies on the lake to conservation area for butterflies and dormouse. Perfect for summer days outside, you can even book a barbecue for the ultimate picnic.

The Blue Plaque Trail

Sherlock Holmes Plaque East Dean
Set off on an adventure around Eastbourne as you follow the Blue Plaque Trail, exclusive to the free “Eastbourne Trails” App. Stop for a pint at the pub where Charles Dickens reputably held performances and journey from Wonderland to Neverland as the trail takes you to the home of Peter Pan illustrator, Lucie Mabel Attwell. From Eastbourne’s Old Town to Ashdown Forest, there’s plenty to see on this exciting trail.

Eastbourne's Many Parks

Manor Gardens by Matt Kuchta
Enjoy priceless tranquillity without paying a penny as you stroll through Eastbourne’s many parks. Opposite the seafront is the Green Flag award-winning Princes Park, complete with a Splash Pad for hot sunny days and a boating lake. Nestled in the Old Town, you’ll find Motcombe Gardens which is overlooked by a historic circular dovecote. Close by is Manor Gardens with its 18th Century thatched hermitage and rose garden which lead onto Gildredge Park.

The Iconic Beachy Head

Beachy Head by Matt Kuchta
Stride your way up to the top of the iconic Beachy Head for a view of Eastbourne like you’ve never seen it before. As the UK’s highest chalk sea cliff, this is a walk worth ticking off your list followed by a bite to eat at the local Beachy Head Pub.

The Cuckoo Trail

Cuckoo Trail

The Cuckoo Trail's 14 mile path through the Sussex countryside is perfect for walkers and cyclists of all ages, stretching from Hampden Park to Heathfield. Wander through a green corridor filled with natural wildlife and pause for a peaceful moment on the benches and picnic tables dotted around the route.

Whether you prefer to embark on your own adventure or prefer a tailormade route, find these walks on our free Eastbourne Trails App and fall in love with walking all over again!

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