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Eastbourne Downland and Beachy Head

I had forgotten how glorious this part of the South Downs is. This five and a half mile circular walk, which starts on the edge of Eastbourne in East Sussex, offers spectacular cliff top walking followed by rolling downland. This is a walk of two halves: the first is characterised by lots of people but no sheep; the second offers lots of sheep but little or no people. The highlights are the views, followed by more views, and then some more.

All of this walk is on firm and dry grassland, with no road walking at all. There is one steep, and challenging climb, with two smaller slopes. There are no stiles but you will need to negotiate several gates. The first part of the walk is ideal for dogs, as long as they avoid the sheer cliffs. The second half contains a mile or so through sheep fields, where dogs will need to be under close control. Allow 2.5 hours.

The walk starts at St. Bedes, BN20 7XL, where the road along Eastbourne esplanade (King Edward's Parade, and then Dukes Drive) bends to the right. This is right outside St Bede's Preparatory School and by The Kiosk café. There is a small amount of free parking here, with lots of Pay and Display roadside parking along the esplanade. There is a bus stop close by, served by the 3 / 3A Eastbourne town bus route. Eastbourne itself is well served by trains from London, Brighton and Hastings.

The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Eastbourne Downland and Beachy Head This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.

To book discount train tickets to this location please visit Train Genius

Location (Map)

Over the South Downs from Butts Brow to Jevington
Sonning and the River Thames