Walking

Long walks enjoying spectacular views of the coastline, green countryside, wooded glens, orchards, castles, caves and wild life. All this mixed with the fresh air from the sea, will provide many great days out.

Hastings Country Park MapHastings Country Park Nature Reserve

We are located in Hastings Country Park nature reserve. When you arrive we'll give you a walking map of the reserve and point out the best routes. The park covers 660 acres (267 hectares) from Hastings East Hill to the Fire Hills (Fairlight). Sandstone cliffs, glens covered with gorse and trees, footpaths, nature trails and picnic areas.

The area is set in a High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, most of the park has been designated a Special Area of Conservation and its a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Hastings Country Park supported considerable human activity in prehistoric times. Archaeological finds and landmarks date from Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Romano-British, Saxon, Medieval, post-Medieval, Victorian to World War II periods. A large majority of the park has been identified as an Area of Archaeological Interest.

Rare birds such as Peregrines, black redstarts and fulmars breed on the cliffs. Dartford warblers, stonechats and yellowhammers breed on the gorse covered hillsides. Many migrants pass through the site in spring and autumn and usually includes a few verities such as Sardinian warbler, red-rumped swallow, and pallas's warbler which have all occurred in recent years. Click Here for more wildlife information.

Near the main parking area of the park you'll find Coast Guard Tea Rooms (open Tue-Sun, 9-6). After a Firehills walk to see the sunrise over the ocean, its great place to have breakfast. Nearby you'll find the cute Fairlight church (St. Andrew’s). During the weekends in the summer, tourists are allowed to climb the bell tower (the highest point in the area). From the top on a clear day you can see France and beyond. 

Walking the vast open space of Hastings Country Park is very easy with the help of the many footpath signs. and there's even an old disused sand quarry to explore. The green dotted lines on this map show the popular footpaths, it will take about 45 minutes to walk from us to Hastings via East Hill.

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Hastings Country Park Walking Map

The 3 best walks (taking about 1 hour) in Hastings Country Park are:

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Other popular walks

Get the free East Sussex Council Walks App for your smartphone, or buy a Ordnance Survey 124 map to navigate the hundreds of amazing footpaths and trails dotted around the East Sussex countryside.

Alexandra Park - Hastings
A fantastic park in the heart of Hastings, with magical waterfalls at its northern most tip: Old Roar Gill.
A 2 mile walk up through this Victorian park will showcase some of the UK's rarest trees: Walking route Map.

Combe Valley Countryside Park
600 hectares of significant green space between Hastings and Bexhill.
Access the park from Freshfields Road (next to the Wyevale Garden Centre).

Battle Walk
4.5 mile walk with stiles and some hilly sections (can be muddy). Starting from Battle railway station, through woods and historic scenery.  

Seven Sisters
Explore the UK’s highest white chalk cliffs. Start at Beachy Head (South Downs National Park), near Eastbourne. A stunning circular walk that takes in Birling Gap, Seven Sisters and Friston Forest. This walk is just under 8 miles / 13km in length and should take about 6 hours to walk.

Bedgebury – The National Pinetum and Forest
Open 365 days a year, Bedgebury Forest is one of the largest in the Southeast.  Cycling, walking, horse riding – Bedgebury is a safe destination for year round multi–activity recreation for all ages and abilities.  Bedgebury also houses the beautiful and unique National Pinetum where you can see the tallest tree in the county.

Broad Oak Walk, Brede
Starting from the Rainbow Trout pub in Brede, 1.5 miles from Doleham Station (Marshlink Line) or a bus ride from Rye.  An easy three mile circular route via Broad Oak with views across the Brede valley. 

Camber Castle Walk
A 3 mile easy walk from Brede Lock (just outside of Rye) to Camber Castle and through the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, protected for its plentiful and rare wildlife. For a longer 4.5 mile walk to Camber Castle starting from Rye Station. For further information pick up the Rye Countryside leaflet at the Rye Tourist Information Centre.

Cock Marling Walk, Winchelsea
A 4-mile country walk starting from Winchelsea Station, climbing to a ridge overlooking the Brede valley. 

Doleham Walk, Brede
A 6 mile average–grade country walk starting at Doleham Railway Station (on the Marshlink Line) around the Brede valley, to the village of Brede, passing the historic Brede Valley Waterworks.

Peasmarsh Walk
A 4 mile, easy–grade walk from the village of Peasmarsh through woodland and across fields to the earthwork remains of Iden Moat. 

Fuller's Follies
Explore the beautiful countryside around Brightling and Burwash with outstanding views over rolling Sussex countryside and these bizarre but wonderful landmarks.

Royal Military Canal Path
The path runs for 28 miles along the entire length of the Royal Military Canal from Seabrook, Kent to Cliff End in East Sussex.  Many public footpaths link to the Path, so it is easy to plan circular routes that take in sections of the canal. 

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
A network of footpaths allows free access whatever the season.  The Nature Reserve lies within a large triangle of land extending south from Rye, along the River Rother, past Rye Harbour to the sea, westward to Winchelsea Beach and northwards along the River Brede.  Two gentle circular walk routes begin at the car park in Rye Harbour village.

Saxon Shore Way
163 miles from Hastings to Gravesend, the route follows the original Saxon shore line from the Thames Estuary, down the Wantsum Channel, along the White Cliffs and on into Sussex.  The Way is clearly shown on OS maps and signed on the ground. 

Ramblers Walks
These are just a few of Hastings & 1066 Country's more challenging walks!

Marsh Link
By following the railway line between Hastings and Ashford you can cross the stunning Romney Marsh and pass through the 'Ancient' towns of Rye and Winchelsea. Along the way you'll find a huge variety of walks and cycle routes, some covering local nature reserves and others following the Royal Military Canal.

The Cuckoo Trail
Winding through the Wealden countryside linking Eastbourne, Pevensey, Polegate, Hailsham, Horam and Heathfield, this 16 mile (25 kilometre) disused railway line features fantastic public art along the way with a cuckoo hidden in each of the pieces!

Dungeness & Romney Marsh
7.5 miles past the largest expance of shingle at Dungeness, plus the nuclear power station and Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.

Pett and Winchelsea
TThe perfect location for bird watching and discovering rare plants. The terrain might be hard going but it's certainly rewarding.

Other popular local country walks:

1066 Walk

1066 WalkIf you want something really adventurous then try the 1066 walk. Its a very long 31 mile (50km) walkway between Pevenseu Castle and Rye, via Battle and Winchelsea (allow 4 days to complete).

In September 1066, William, Duke of Normandy brought his army to Pevensey, Sussex and went on to defeat King Harold in the town of Battle in what many people know as the Battle of Hastings. You can follow in the steps of William the Conqueror taking in historical sites on a generally low level walk through ancient towns and villages, over hillsides and through woodland, and passing oast houses and windmills. The route includes the Normans' landing point at Pevensey and the battle site, and the castles at Pevensey and Herstmonceux.

The number 99 bus will take you to Pevensey. You can catch the number 101 bus back from Rye.

Otherwise there are many link footpaths from the main route, one runs right along side us. If you don't have a smartphone then we recommend getting a local Ordnance Survey 124 map and compass.