May is National Walking Month, and luckily for us there are so many amazing places to walk in our county. Whether you fancy woodland, hilly, river or coastal, here are some favourites…
Get your coastal and hilly fix in one go with a hike up Seaford Head, pictured above. Gaze across the glorious Seven Sisters, but be warned…it can be very windy, and please be mindful of cliff safety, stick to the paths and stay well away from the cliff edge.
Seven Sisters Country Park
The meandering Cuckmere River has a lovely flat path that flows all the way to the sea. Enjoy a picnic as you watch the Buzz Active paddle boarders and canoers heading out. It’s perfect for pushchairs, scooters and bikes as the wide flat path is set back from the water, and there’s no traffic, so you can let your children explore. But remember that the whole Park is a working farm, so dogs must be kept under close control.
Head over to Chailey Common and you might be lucky enough to spot one of its special inhabitants. Adders, lizards, Longhorn cattle, Exmoor ponies, Hebredian sheep and nightjars are just a small handful of the creatures that live there. Please be mindful of the animals and remember that cows can be dangerous. There are several car parks and walking routes across the common.
Enjoy a peaceful walk along the footpaths that follow the River Ouse at Barcombe Mills. The grassy route takes you through farmland along the winding river over stiles and narrow bridges so it isn’t very buggy or wheelchair friendly.
The 14 mile Cuckoo Trail follows the old Cuckoo Line railway from Heathfield to Shinewater Park in Eastbourne. It is mostly traffic-free, apart from a couple of places where it crosses a road, so it’s great for cycling, buggies and wheelchairs. There’s plenty of parking along the route and it can be accessed from Polegate and Hamden Park train stations.
The sandy dunes of Camber Sands could easily be mistaken for an exotic holiday destination. It’s a stunning place for a picnic, and you can spend hours strolling along the beach and playing in the sand. The tide can move very quickly, so please take notice of any safety advice and signs.
Search for walks near you and let us know your favourites in the comments.