Bridge in woodland

The best walks in East Sussex

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‘All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking’ said Friedrich Nietzsche. And he should know. Now we’re not saying you have to be a philosopher to enjoy a lovely walk - far from it. That’s the beauty of our glorious East Sussex countryside - it’s accessible, free, and there’s a plethora of walks and rambles for all abilities.

We’re so lucky at Horsted Place to have such stunning landscapes right on our doorstep; we know all too well the benefits of fresh air and exercise - besides, it’s another great excuse for a refreshing drink or afternoon tea when you return to our Victorian Gothic masterpiece!

Here are just a few of our favourite routes - but rest assured that there are dozens more to explore; one more reason to come back for another visit!

Explore the estates

East Sussex is blessed with some great National Trust properties - and many have their own fantastic walks to explore. The Bateman’s Estate is home to a network of footpaths through the Dudwell Valley - discover how and why Rudyard Kipling was so inspired by the area. Sheffield Park’s historic parkland is rich with routes to explore, and dogs on a lead are welcome. Spot the local wildlife which includes kingfishers, dragonflies and birds of prey. Scotney Castle is rife for mini adventures - the woodland is peppered with routes for scenic walks - take a picnic!

Woodland walk
Bridge in woodland

Over hill and under vale

Who wouldn’t want to visit somewhere called Frog Firle Farm? This 4 mile, easy walk loops over Cradle Hill and over Hindover Hill to the village of Litlington. There’s plenty to see in terms of flora and fauna - from the wildflowers on the chalk grassland to the Canada Geese feeding on the meadows.

Back to nature

Cissbury Ring butterfly walk is one of the best butterfly sites in the county; this walk might take 3 hours but it’s easy going and only covers 3 miles - look out for species such as brown hairstreaks, chalkhill blues and dark green fritillaries

Hills with sunset
Butterfly

Walk the chalk

With over 100 miles to explore, the South Downs Way is steeped in history, and follows old driveways and routes along the ridges and escarpments of the South Downs. Whether it’s a whole day’s walk or short rambles, you’ll find something to suit all abilities.

War and peace

History lovers will enjoy this circular coastal walk of 3.5 miles, which will take you a couple of hours to complete. Along the way, you can not only enjoy the stunning vistas but discover the military heritage in the area, including Seaford’s connection with the British West Indies Regiment (BWIR).

Woodland Path
People Walking In Woodland

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