Active Trail

The Coastal Culture Trail is set over 20 miles of stunning coastline and sits on the edge of the South Downs National Park, so fill your lungs with fresh air and get into the great outdoors. 

Hop on your bike (or rent one!). A cycle path runs between Jerwood Gallery, De La Warr and Towner. (Pictured Bells Bicycles, Hastings, image © Pete Jones).

There is a coastal cycle trail, which runs all the way from Jerwood to Towner, so you can cycle from gallery to gallery. Bikes can be hired from the Bexhill Cycle Hire Company in Bexhill, Bell’s Bicycles in Hastings, and Let’s Bike in Eastbourne. There are also a number of excellent cycle rides that you can take from Eastbourne up onto the South Downs.

The Cuckoo Trail runs from Eastbourne to Heathfield through 14 miles of Sussex countryside. The path is surfaced and mostly traffic free and is a safe route for walkers and cyclists of all ages.

Alternatively you can head from Eastbourne to Cuckmere Haven where bikes can be rented from Seven Sisters Cycling Co. for cycling along the valley to the sea or through the picturesque Friston Forest.

The Cuckoo Trail
The Cuckoo Trail
Shadowhill Glamping East Sussex
Shadowhill Glamping, East Sussex

Just outside of Hastings in the nearby town of Bodiam you can rent rowing boats and kayaks from Bodiam Boating Station and cruise down the river Rother to Rye or Bodiam Castle.

If you are looking to spend a night under the stars, camping is also available on the site. For an alternative night under canvas there are a number of glamping and yurt sites throughout East Sussex for a stay with a difference.

Take a curator led tour of the sites which have inspired generations of artists in Towner’s South Downs walk.

The 1066 Walking Festival (3-9 October 2015) offers you an enjoyable walk from Jerwood to the De La Warr Pavilion (about 6 miles) along the coast.

Eastbourne and Wealden’s Walking Festival  (26 September – 4 October 2015) offers over 50 walks, from a three-night hiking holiday to a literary walk with connections to Arthur Conan Doyle in Crowborough.

A walk in the South Downs National Park is a must for ramblers. Towner Gallery runs a series of special curator led tours of the South Downs, exploring the landscapes which have inspired many of the works in the Towner collection.

For water lovers, enjoy Eastbourne’s sea on a kayak or standup paddle board from Eastbourne Kayak and Surf Hire. Families can paddle through the waterways of Seven Sisters Country Park by joining a session or trip with Cuckmere Haven Canoe Club.

For more extreme sport lovers, try kitesurfing lessons from the Kite Surf Centre.

Eastbourne coast. Credit: Visit Eastbourne
Eastbourne coast. Credit: Visit Eastbourne



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s