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Off-Road Scooters Bring Mobile Adventure to Walk Fest

12 September 2018

Eastbourne and Lewes Walk Fest has added specialist off-road mobility scooters to one of its free walks, ensuring those less mobile can still enjoy a downland adventure.

Off-Road Scooters Bring Mobile Adventure to Walk Fest Eastbourne and Lewes Walk Fest has added specialist off-road mobility scooters to one of its free walks, ensuring those less mobile can still enjoy a downland adventure.

Organised by the Eastbourne Downland Group’s Antonia Lucas and supplied by Tramper, the two off-road scooters will be available on 26 September for ‘Eastbourne Gateway to the South Downs National Park – An Accessible Adventure’.

The 2¼ hour ramble, which is suitable for anyone with a larger mobility scooter, includes a gentle guided coastal tour around Whitbread Hollow and Francis Hole, with Eastbourne Downland Group, in association with the Disabled Ramblers Association.

The motorised tour is just one of 48 walks taking place from 22 – 30 September, and is a festival first in its aim to create a Walk Fest that is inclusive for all.

During the nine day festival, walkers can choose from a variety of superb guided strolls around Eastbourne, Lewes, Seaford and the South Downs, most of which are free.

Organised by Eastbourne Borough and Lewes District Councils and supported by the Eastbourne Downland Group, keen historians can explore the historic twittens of Lewes and the ancient Cinque Port of Seaford, or the early beginnings of Eastbourne’s ‘Bourne Spring’ and its influential women throughout history.

This year also sees the introduction of brand new dog walks, including ‘Dogs on the Downs’, where owners can also pick up tips on keeping pets safe in the countryside. At the end of the festival, the Family Fun Dog Walk organised by Eastbourne & District Chamber of Commerce, also ends in a novelty dog show!

Walk leader and Mayor of Eastbourne, Cllr Gill Mattock said “We have a superb range of walks open for all abilities and ages, from easy ambles to serious hikes. Increasing our walks programme to include mobility scooters, dog walkers and families, ensures as many people as possible can join in and discover the fascinating history, geology and stunning scenery which abounds us here around Eastbourne and Lewes.”

Walkers can also look forward to discovering Nordic health walking, local markets, galleries, the lost village of Tide-Mills and the location of an Iron Age Hill Fort.

The RSPB will be offering guided bird watching opportunities in a walk around Whitbread Hollow, while an Ale Trail walk, from the Wheatsheaf to the Eight Bells in Jevington, explores the charming village and countryside en route.

All walks are listed in the festival brochure, available from Eastbourne, Lewes and Seaford Tourist Information Centres, and can also be booked on the website.

The ‘Eastbourne Gateway to the South Downs National Park – An Accessible Adventure’ is available to book for free online at www.eastbourneandleweswalkfest.org or by visiting the Tourist Information Centre.

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