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48 Walks Lined Up at September Walk Fest

21 August 2018

Walkers can choose from 48 walks next month as the Eastbourne and Lewes Walk Fest returns from 22 – 30 September with a wide variety of superb strolls, most of which are free.


South Downs Walking (Photo by Visit Eastbourne)From dog walks and an ale trail, to unlocking history and exploring secret gems, walkers can explore more with knowledgeable guides and challenge themselves with easy ambles or adventurous hikes.

Organised by Eastbourne Borough and Lewes District Councils and supported by the Eastbourne Downland Group, keen historians can explore the historic twittens, graveyards and the geology of building stones in Lewes, as well as the ancient Cinque Port of Seaford with local guides.

In Eastbourne, walkers can go back to the town’s early beginnings with Old Town walks including ‘To the Manor Bourne’ and ‘Where the Bourne Springs’, while a self-guided Coffee and Culture walk links Eastbourne’s galleries and market. For those looking for a challenge, a range of Nordic health walks from easy tasters to competent walkers, will also explore nearby downland.

All walks are listed in the festival brochure, now available from Eastbourne, Lewes and Seaford Tourist Information Centres.

Walk leader and Mayor of Eastbourne, Cllr Gill Mattock said “With the stunning South Downs, our quirky Sussex history and above average September sunshine, this festival is the perfect opportunity to dust off your walking boots, and set foot on one of our guided trails for an invigorating trip with breath-taking views and fascinating facts guaranteed.”

Cllr Mattock will be leading several walks including the Meander with the Mayor from Eastbourne to East Dean market and a historic tour discovering the influential women of Eastbourne in days gone by.

National Trust ranger walks include the Iron Age Hill Fort location of Mount Caburn, and the stunning ascent of High and Over, while the RSPB offers bird watching opportunities in a walk around Whitbread Hollow.

The lost village of Tide-Mills will be revealed at Seaford, while an Ale Trail walk, from the Wheatsheaf to the Eight Bells in Jevington, explores the charming village and countryside en route.

New to the festival is a brand new dog walk starting at Eastbourne Downs Golf Course, part of the NFU’s ‘Take the Lead’ initiative, or in the town centre a Family Fun Dog Walk organised by Eastbourne & District Chamber of Commerce, ends in a novelty dog show!

Eastbourne and Lewes Walk Fest returns from 22 – 30 September, for more information pick up a brochure at Eastbourne, Lewes or Seaford Tourist Information Centres or visit

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