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Best trails in East Sussex

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Trying to find the best East Sussex trails? AllTrails has 154 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Lewes, Brighton or Polegate, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 82 moderate trails in East Sussex ranging from 1.6 to 36.4 miles and from 13 to 807 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Seven Sisters and Friston Forest Circular Walk
South Downs National Park
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 4 h 17 m
This circular walk takes in the natural beauty of Seven Sisters and Birling Gap. Follow the path through the Friston Forest. to complete your loop.Show more
#2 - Seaford to Eastbourne
South Downs National Park
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Length: 14.1 mi • Est. 6 h 50 m
#3 - Seven Sisters
South Downs National Park
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 31 m
Walk from Birling Gap along the chalky cliff tops of the Seven Sisters. Follow the South Downs Way along the cliffs to Exceat. This moderately challenging walk between the South Downs and the sea offers so much wildlife and archaeology to see along the way. Show more
#4 - Ashdown Forest Walk
Ashdown Forest
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
A circular trail around Ashdown Forest which is the setting for Winnie-the-Pooh stories written by AA Milne. This route gives you chance to immerse yourself in the world of Pooh and his friends. Play Poohsticks at Pooh Bridge, explore the 100 Aker Woods and visit Eeyore's Gloomy Place. For those less interested in the Pooh connection (shame on you) there is lots more to offer. Ashdown Forest's origins lie as a medieval hunting forest, created soon after the Norman conquest, and today its 9.5 square miles are the largest area of open access land in the south east. You will pass through beautiful beech woodland and vast areas of ancient open heath where you will be rewarded with glorious views of the surrounding High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The walk includes several steady but long climbs and descents throughout. The paths, whilst mainly firm, can run with water and be quite muddy in part after periods of rain and in winter. You will need to navigate through a couple of gates plus two stiles (both of which have gaps underneath that should be suitable for most dogs to pass under). You will pass-by some sheep grazing areas and horse paddocks which are fenced with electric fencing so take care with children and dogs at these points. The forest is home to a large deer population and the heath supports ground nesting birds so dogs need to be kept under close control. There are no toilets or other facilities on route.Show more
#5 - Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills
Lewes, East Sussex, England
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
A circular walk from the village of Barcombe Cross in East Sussex. The route is across fields and along quiet country lanes, following the River Ouse to Barcombe Mills and visiting the three villages of Barcombe. This walk is one of a collection published through a collaboration with East Sussex County Council. The terrain is fairly easy and the paths take you across crop fields, grass pastures and meadows. You may be sharing some of the pastures with livestock. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, gates, footbridges, steps and 18 stiles. Some of the stiles are wooden squeeze stiles which should be easy for most dogs to hop through, but some are traditional fence stiles which dogs may need a lift over (see photo gallery for stile example photos). There are a few short sections of road walking. Allow 2.5 hours.Show more
#6 - Lewes Circular
South Downs National Park
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Length: 15.3 mi • Est. 7 h 42 m
This South Downs hike around Lewes, including mount Cadburn, offers incredible views.Show more
#7 - Saxon Shore Way: Hastings to Rye
Hastings, East Sussex, England
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Length: 12.7 mi • Est. 6 h 5 m
This route is part of a multi week long walk along the Saxon Shore Way. The Saxon Shore Way is a long distance footpath following the coastline of the South East. It is an interesting historical walk with much to see and do along the way. It can be done at a variety of paces and starting points, from Hastings to Gravesend, or it can also be done from Gravesend to Hastings. A list of individual trails can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/saxon-shore-way Following this link, you'll find day hike sections of the trail for easy downloading.Show more
#8 - Hastings Country Park
High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 54 m
Note: As of September 8, 2020, users have reported that a fair chunk of the coastal path is currently CLOSED. Please see the park's website for up to date information before visiting. Show more
#9 - Cuckmere Valley and Seven Sisters Circular
South Downs National Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
Great trail with lots to see and do in this part of the South Downs National Park. The number 12 bus goes from Brighton to Eastbourne so you don’t have to walk loops, you can get the bus back if you’re not sure how far you can manage. The Seven Sisters (the grassy hills with the chalky cliffs at the water's edge) are the best part about this trail. It is a pretty easy hike except for the short steep scramble up the Seven Sisters and is always a windy walk as it's so exposed. Lots of alternative trails available within sight, so this is a good area for all levels of hikers. Show more
#10 - Long Man of Wilmington and the South Downs
South Downs National Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 11 m
A circular walk from the small village of Wilmington in East Sussex. The walk climbs onto the chalk slopes of the South Downs to visit the hillside chalk figure known as the Long Man of Wilmington, followed by a quick visit to a charming church before exploring long stretches of the chalk tracks that criss-cross the top of the seemingly endless downs. In summer, the chalk download is covered in beautiful wild flowers and you will have views of the sea plus another hillside chalk figure, the Litlington White Horse. The route includes several long climbs and descents, from moderate to steep. The chalk tracks are wonderful firm surfaces after dry summer periods, but are rutted in part and can be very muddy and slippery in winter and after wet periods. The tops of the downs are very exposed so make sure you have appropriate clothing. There are several single bridle gates on route, but there are no stiles or kissing gates. There is a stretch of road walking in the middle of the walk, so take care of traffic at this point. You will be sharing some of the open downland with sheep and cattle (although being the popular South Downs, the cattle tend to be accustomed to walkers and dogs). About half the walk is on tracks bordered by crop fields or hedgerows, ideal for well-behaved dogs to have a good romp around. Allow 3 to 3.5 hours depending on conditions under foot. Show more
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