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Biggest Ever Line Up of Walks Announced for Eastbourne & Lewes Walk Fest

5 August 2019

Over 70 walks have been added to the Eastbourne and Lewes Walk Fest calendar when the ten day event returns next month. The festival takes place from 20 – 29 September and offers walkers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to discover the hidden history and stunning beauty of the East Sussex coast and countryside including the South Downs National Park.

Eastbourne and Lewes Walking FestivalWalkers can choose from 76 walks, most of which are free, ranging from gentle strolls to more strenuous hillside hikes. With a wide variety of walks available including one which uses a map of Eastbourne dating from 1631 to discover the town’s historic origins to nature walks taking in the Seven Sisters cliffs and around the pretty Cuckmere Valley.

History lovers can discover more about Eastbourne’s vintage mailboxes or learn about the forgotten local connections of the seaside radicals Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

New to the festival programme this year will be a walk hosted by local photographer Jane De Weck, who will be providing some top tips and tricks for landscape photography beginners during a walk along the Cuckmere River at low tide. For those brave enough, the walk calendar also includes a tour around the Royal Hippodrome Theatre to learn more about the resident ghosts that purportedly live there!

There’s also an opportunity to help keep local beaches clean with the Eastbourne Beach Clean Walk hosted by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. This walk will include clearing up litter washed ashore and sorting recyclables.

The newly appointed Eastbourne Walking Champion and former Mayor of Eastbourne, Gill Mattock said “With stunning national park, iconic cliffs, historic towns and the best sunshine record, the area really is the perfect walking destination. I am delighted that this year we have been able to increase the number of walks available for this year’s festival and there really is something for everyone from nature rambles, history strolls, hikes with pit stops in country pubs and there’s even walking football too!”

Those that are up for more of a challenge can explore the downland around Newhaven as part of a 14 mile circular walk taking in Rottingdean and Telscombe. Some of the walks on offer also advocate the many health benefits of walking and this includes a series of Nordic Health Walks and also a mindfulness walk.

The Towner Gallery will also be running a talks programme to coincide with the festival. Talks include a number of ‘In Conversation’ sessions with artists and curators themed around the natural world as well as a twilight walk across the South Downs with artist Allan Grainger as he describes how the changing light at dusk alters our experience of the landscape.

The free Official Walk Programme is now available to pick up from the tourist information centres in Eastbourne, Lewes and Seaford. For further information and to view the full walking calendar visit

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