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Walking & Cycling Route, free entry

Cuckoo Trail

Cuckoo Trail


The Cuckoo Trail is built on part of the route of the former Eastbourne to Tunbridge Wells railway, known locally as the Cuckoo Line. The line took its name from the Cuckoo Fair, held in Heathfield in April to mark the start of summer.

The Cuckoo Trail is suitable for cyclists and walkers of all abilities. Horse riders may use the section between Maynards Green and Hellingly, and also a section on the edge of Polegate.

Since 1990 the Cuckoo Trail has been a leisure route used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It is extremely popular and is mainly off-road so is suitable for people of all ages and abilities.

Opened in 1880, the Cuckoo Line was the Polegate to Eridge railway, carrying milk, livestock and animal feed as well as passengers. Although it was a busy line it eventually closed due to the cuts made by Dr Beeching in 1968.

The Cuckoo Trail is 14 miles long and joins Eastbourne with Polegate, Hailsham, Hellingly, Horam and Heathfield.

Cycle Route: Eastbourne (Hampden Park), Polegate, Hailsham, Hellingly, Horam and Heathfeld

Miles: 14

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Open all the time


Free entry

Also see


The Ranger


The Cuckoo Trail,
Eastbourne (Hampden Park) to Heathfield,
East Sussex,
BN21 4UH


See location of Cuckoo Trail on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TQ 591097  Lat: 50.86491 Long: 0.25950

There is free car parking available at Heathfield, Horam and Hailsham.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Polegate station


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

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