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Eastbourne & Lewes Walking Festival Launches With a Dedicated ‘Walking Champion’

31 May 2019

From hillside hikes along East Sussex’s famous heritage coastline to seaside strolls discovering hidden heritage gems, this September the Eastbourne & Lewes Walk Fest will have plenty to tempt walkers of all ages and abilities.

Gill Mattock - Eastbourne's Walking ChampionThe ten day Eastbourne & Lewes Walk Fest returns from 20 to 29 September and this year the festival will be supported by its own ‘Walking Champion’, former Mayor of Eastbourne Gill Mattock. As part of her role, Gill will be promoting the variety of great walking routes around the local area.

During the festival, organised by Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council, walkers will be able to choose from a selection of the most interesting urban and rural walks ranging from Eastbourne’s seafront promenade all the way to the historical twittens of Lewes with a range of guided walks.

Already planned for this year are walks covering the Seven Sisters Country Park and East Dean, a nature walk through Hampden Park and a heritage walk to uncover the story of Little Chelsea.

The new Walk Fest Walking Champion, Gill Mattock said “I am very excited to be Eastbourne's first Walking Champion. I have walked in many parts of the world but am always pleased to return home to our beautiful seafront and nearby downland. This new and exciting role will focus primarily on developing the walking festival to firmly establish Eastbourne as a great walking destination and continue to support the many groups that already offer walking tours to residents and visitors alike.”

The Eastbourne and Lewes Walk Fest returns from 20 – 29 September, for more information visit

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