If you’re running out of steam as you try to keep alive your new year’s resolution to be more active and do more exercise, don’t worry – we have plenty ideas to help you out.
Whether you’re looking for a new walking route to blow away the festive cobwebs, a fresh cycle way to explore, or a new water sport to try, there’s loads of helpful information and guidance on the East Sussex County Council website.
The walking section of the website, Walking in East Sussex, contains a wealth of ideas for short and long walks including self-guided walks, walks with a guide, health walks led by experts, and a calendar of local walks. It also contains a fully interactive map of all the rights of way and bridleways in the county. The map covers the whole county and lets you zoom in to any area to show the footpaths, bridleways and byways in that location. You can also find out if there are any stiles, gates or bridges on the paths.
On two wheels
If cycling is more your thing you can check out the Cycling pages on our site which contain details of the cycle network in the county, maps of Sustrans routes, and routes created in East Sussex by other riders. These include the Cuckoo Trail, a 14 mile surfaced path between Heathfield, Hailsham Polegate and the outskirts of Eastbourne which is mostly traffic free and is a safe route for walkers and cyclists of all ages, and the Forest Way which is approximately 10 miles long and is used for walking, cycling, horse riding and runs from East Grinstead to Groombridge.
Meanwhile if you’ve set yourself the goal of being more active and taking up a new hobby, why not start planning for the spring by looking at some of the water sports and outdoor courses we run through Buzz Active, our non-profit organisation providing access to outdoor activities to all, in stunning locations in the county. Through Buzz Active we run nationally accredited courses, taught by qualified instructors, for individuals, groups and families, for children from 6 onwards, for schools, and groups with special needs.
The Buzz Active site at Cuckmere Haven was named by Bluefin, one of the UK’s leading paddleboard companies, as one of the top 5 best places in the country for someone starting with stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Bluefin – Cuckmere. So if you’ve ever wanted to try SUP, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, kayaking, canoeing, or various other outdoor activities maybe now is the time to take the plunge.
Getting fit and active doesn’t need to be expensive. We’re lucky in East Sussex to have some truly amazing countryside and coastline to explore and enjoy – whatever the weather. So whether you’re pulling on those walking boots, pumping up those bike tyres, or pulling on that wetsuit…get out there and do it!