The Eastbourne Downland is a wonderful environment for walking and rambling and many areas are open access, free for the public to explore.
There are four farms - Bullock Down Farm, Black Robin Farm, Chalk Farm and Cornish Farm - where access is restricted but there is an excellent network of footpaths and bridleways to guide walkers through these areas.
The National Trail website features a number of trails on the South Downs.
About the Trails
The South Downs Way
The South Downs Way is a Countryside Agency, now Natural England-designated National Trail.
The South Downs way is the only National Trail that is a bridleway. This means that it is also open to cyclists and horse riders.
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 and South Downs Way websites.
The Trail is divided 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.
We also have the Wealdway walk between Eastbourne and Gravesend which is another trail worth trying.
Butts Brow To Birling Gap Easy Access Trail
This is an easy access trail, ideally suited for walkers or outdoor mobility vehicles such as Trampers.
It follows the eastern escarpment of the South Downs next to Eastbourne, reaching the dramatic and world famous chalk clifftop at Beachy Head where the route continues upon the clifftops to finish at Birling Gap.
The trail can be enjoyed in its entirety or sections undertaken as required. However, as this is a linear route, you will need to decide beforehand how you intend to return to your starting point.
Start the trail at Butts Brow car park up on the Downs above Willingdon village via Butts Lane. (Map Ref: TQ579018).
This path passes through woodland and meadows between Eastbourne Seafront and Willingdon. It is about 9.6 kilometres (6 miles) long. The trail winds its way along the valleys and spurs below the main crest of the escarpment. It can be walked in either direction and connects at both ends and in the middle with bus routes to the town centre. There is a wealth of wildlife interest and several viewpoints giving panoramic views of the town and scenery towards Hastings.
Please download the leaflet below for more information on the Jubilee Way.
Easy Access Trail leaflet and map
You can download the Easy Access Trail leaflet and map, which features the different trails and sights of interest on the South Downs.