The key approach to Eastbourne on foot is over the South Downs, using the South Downs Way. The Eastbourne Downland can be accessed by a coastal footpath or the inland bridleway.
The South Downs Way
The South Downs Way is a Countryside Agency-designated National Trail. There are 13 long distance routes in England which have been designated as National Trails, ranging from 137 km to 982 km.
The Countryside Agency publishes guides to these Trails which have been developed specifically for walkers and ramblers to enjoy.
The South Downs Way is 161 km long and runs from Eastbourne to Winchester, following the route of ancient man along the ridges and valleys of the South Downs.
Detailed information on the South Downs Way is available on the National Trails website. This site divides the Trail into five sections, with separate maps of each one as well as a route map for the entire trail. Details include historical background, wildlife, getting there and facts and figures.
Eastbourne Borough Council also offers a programme of Guided Walks in the Spring and Summer. These are led by the Downland Ranger.