Towner Art Gallery


This trial is designed to link the three Sussex seaside towns of Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings. This trail is about 20+ miles of coastline from start to finish. We have designed it for you to be able to travel by train, bus, walking or cycling. This particular trail is especially suited to cycling as much as the route is on promenades and paths separated from roads. This trail is suitable for families as it is entirely separated from traffic. All three towns are connected with good public transport networks.

All of this information and more is available in a handy pocket-sized map, available at the Tourist Information for £2.

To reach your first waypoint, catch the number 12X or 3/3A bus from the town centre and get off at The Winter Gardens, where you will find the Towner Art Gallery next door. If you're walking/cycling from the town centre then follow Cornfield Road until you reach the Memorial roundabout. Once at the roundabout take the fourth exit onto Cornfield Terrace and follow the road until the end of Chiswick Place. Then take a right turn onto Compton street, then right after the Winter Gardens onto Wilmington Gardens and you will shortly see The Towner Art Gallery on your right hand side.

This walk is just over 20 miles long and you could expect this to take at least 6 hours.

Starting point: Towner Art Gallery, College Road, BN21 4JJ. To get to your next point, walk up towards Wilmington Gardens and head towards the seafront until you reach the Wish Tower (Martello Tower) on the seafront. (0.3 miles)

Point two: The Wish Tower. To get to your next point, head east on the seafront until you reach the Pier (past the Bandstand). (880 yards)

Point three: Eastbourne Pier. To get to your next point, head east on the seafront until you reach the Redoubt Fortress. (0.5 miles)

Point four: The Redoubt Fortress. To get to your next point, head east on the seafront until you reach the water treatment centre (east from the Sovereign Leisure Centre). Head in land along Atlantic Drive until you reach a roundabout, turn off to the right until you reach the Sovereign Harbour. (2.5 miles)

Point five: Sovereign Harbour. To get to your next point, head through the harbour car park in the direction of the main road, then head east following the tracks of the A259 until you reach Pevensey Bay beach. (3 miles)

Point six: Pevensey Bay. To get to your next point, head east on Sluice Lane towards Normans Bay. (2.5 miles)

Point seven: Normans Bay. To get to your next point, continue following the A259 east, it will take about 1 and a half hours. If you are cycling, cycle along Sluice Lane which runs along the beach, then veers inland across farmland. (4.2 miles)

Point eight: Bexhill Museum. To get to your next point, continue walking east along the promenade of Bexhill seafront until you reach the De La Warr Pavilion. (1 mile)

Point nine: De La Warr Pavilion. To get to your next point, continue walking east along the promenade towards St Leonards. Alternatively, catch the number 99 bus to St Leonards or cycle 25 minutes to your next point. (4.1 miles)

Point ten: St Leonards. To get to your next point, continue east along the promenade to your next point which is Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. (1.3 miles)

Point eleven: Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. To get to your next point, continue on the A21 and then take the A259 to your next point (about 1 and a half hours). If you are cycling, continue on the same route. (1.2 miles)

Finishing point: The Jerwood Gallery.

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Sussex Coastal Culture Trail

Type:Town Trail

Towner Art Gallery, College Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4JJ

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Eastbourne Visitor Centre, Welcome Building, Compton Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4BP

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