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Downland Walks

The Eastbourne Downland is a wonderful environment for walking and rambling and many areas are open access, free for the public to explore. There are four farms - Bullock Down Farm, Black Robin Farm, Chalk Farm and Cornish Farm - where access is restricted but there are footpaths and bridleways to guide walkers through these areas.

The Eastbourne Downland can be accessed by a coastal footpath or the inland bridleway. Map.

Click below for more information about downland walks.

Exploring the South Downs - click for full size image (165KB)


The South Downs Way

The South Downs Way is a Countryside Agency-designated National Trail. There are 13 long distance routes in England which have been designated as National Trails, ranging from 137 km to 982 km. The Countryside Agency
publishes guides to these Trails which have been developed specifically for walkers and ramblers to enjoy.

The South Downs Way is 161 km long and runs from Eastbourne to Winchester, following the route of ancient man along the ridges and valleys of the South Downs. Detailed information on the South Downs Way is available on the National Trails website. This site divides the Trail into five sections, with separate maps of each one as well as a route map for the entire trail. Details include historical background, wildlife, getting there and facts and figures.

The start of the South Downs Way in Eastbourne - click for full size image (171 KB)


Guided Walks

Eastbourne's Downland Ranger offers a programme of Guided Walks throughout the Spring and Summer. All walks are circular, cover about three miles and take 2-3 hours to complete. The Downland Ranger is an expert on the geology and natural history of the area and each walk takes in a wealth of history, flora, fauna and geology.

The Guided Walks programme differs from year to year. Previous walks have included:

  • Spring flowers in the environs of Belle Tout
  • Evening exploration of Warren Hill to Paradise
  • Butterflies on the Downland escarpment
  • Exploration of Falling Sands beach at the foot of Beachy Head.

More details about guided walks are available from the Downland Ranger, Tel: 01323 415200.

The Downland Ranger



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