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Rye on a wet afternoon

East Sussex has some of the most varied and attractive paths in South East England, with over 10,000 miles worth of paths, running over hills, fields, rivers and the counties coasts walkers will always have something to look at! many follow old routes, Pilgrim or later (such as the Vanguard Way), not all are signposted by books are available in larger bookshops that give routes and things to look out for. The majority of these routes are present on Ordnance survey maps (available at almost all book stores or on-line)

The Paths Edit

  • 1066 Country Walk. This 50 km (31 mile) walk that runs from Rye to Pevensey exploring sites linked to the Battle of Hastings.
  • Cuckoo Trail is a 23 km (14 mile) walk along the trackbed of the former Cuckoo Railway. It runs north from Polegate at the edge of Eastbourne to Hailsham, Horam and Heathfield.
  • Monarch’s Way. A 980 km (610 mile) walk that follows the escape of Charles II from the Battle of Worcester. Skims through the county before finishing in Shoreham, West Sussex. Website
  • Royal Military Canal Path. This 45 km (28 mile) walk links Hythe in Kent with Rye. It runs alongside a canal built to protect England from Napoleonic invasion. Website
The Royal Military Canal
  • Saxon Shore Way. A 262 km (163 mile) path that starts in Gravesend in Kent and finishes in Hastings. Traces the shoreline as it was in Roman and Saxon times. Website [formerly dead link]
The Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Haven
  • South Downs Way. This 161 km (100 mile) walk follows ancient paths and beautiful across the South Downs.
  • Sussex Border Path. A 256 km (159 mile) route that explores the inland border of Sussex from Thorney Island in West Sussex to Rye. Website [formerly dead link]
  • Sussex Ouse Valley Way. A 42 mile continuous path, starting near the source of the River Ouse at Lower Beeding in West Sussex to Seaford Bay in East Sussex. Guidebooks can be obtained by sending a cheque for £7.95 made payable to Per-Rambulations to: Mr Terry Owen, Per-Rambulations, Larkshill, Cranston Road, East Grinstead, RH19 3HL tel: 01342 315786 larkshill@btinternet.com [1][dead link]
  • Tunbridge Wells circular. The southern section of this 44 km (27 mile) circular walk passes through the villages of Frant and Eridge Green.
  • Vanguard Way. This 109 km (68 mile) long walk runs between London and Newhaven Harbour from where ferries can be caught to Dieppe and Le Harve. The path runs meets the South Downs Way near Lewes .

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