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Get on your walking shoes for a three-day festival!

14 September 2017

A three-day festival is being held in Eastbourne and Lewes to encourage people to get out and about and discover the joy of walking.

Walking Festival in Eastbourne and the South Downs National Park


The Eastbourne and Lewes Walk Fest, from Friday September 29 to Sunday October 1, is a series of free walks designed for all ages and abilities, graded in ease and difficulty, with a guide to mileage and times they will take to complete.

The event has been organised by Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council to mark the launch of a new interactive website for residents and visitors to discover new walks, add some strolls of their own, or to find out about walking groups in the local community.

The aim of the walks is to act as a springboard to an ongoing promotion of walking for health, interest, fun and general well-being.

Walks include a two-and-a-half mile Stones & Bones walk in Lewes, following in the footsteps of famous fossil hunter Gideon Mantell, and a three-mile hidden heritage walk in Eastbourne. If you fancy something more vigorous, there are longer rambles from five to 12 miles over the South Downs.

The festival finishes with a walk to Beachy Head, the mid-point between both areas, and a special walk-inspired film screening at the new Depot Cinema in Lewes on October 1 (

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