Best walks in East Sussex

Hike over spectacular clifftops, across pebble beaches and alongside meandering rivers with our favourite East Sussex hikes

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East Sussex is bordered by West Sussex, Surrey, Kent and the English Channe. Chalk hills and cliffs dominate the county, providing a home for a unique blend of flora and fauna, from herbs and mosses to dragonflies and seabirds.

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Discover the area on foot with some of our favourite walks.

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Cuckmere River, East Sussex

Cuckmere River East Sussex
Cuckmere River, East Sussex ©Alamy

Follow this seven-mile walk along the Cuckmere River, from the picturesque village of Alfriston to the monumental Seven Sisters chalk cliffs on the Sussex south coast. Map and route.

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Seven Sisters, East Sussex

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Walk atop the magnificent chalky cliffs of the Seven Sisters in the South Downs, where kittiwakes and fulmars can be seen alongside Brimstone butterflies and flowering cowslips. Map and route.

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Beddingham Hill, Alciston and Firle Estate, East Sussex

Firle Beacon East Sussex
Firle Beacon East Sussex ©Getty

Hike along the chalk footpaths of the South Downs hill tops, passing through woodlands, meadows and rolling fields. Map and route.

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Lewes to Firle Beacon, East Sussex

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Lewes, East Sussex ©Getty

A long and invigorating walk in the South Downs National Park from the lively town of Lewes, via the impressive Mount Caburn, Firle Beacon and Itford Hill, to the historic village of Rodmell. Map and route.

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Brede High Woods, East Sussex

Brede High Woods
Brede High Woods ©Patrick Roper

Stroll down ancient sunken lanes through woodland that was used to produce charcoal in the Roman era. Map and route.

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