Enjoy Coast & Country as part of new festival

Left to right: Cllr Gill Mattock route planning with Gillian Aitken and Joan Wortley of the Long Distance Walking Association SUS-140917-144514001
Left to right: Cllr Gill Mattock route planning with Gillian Aitken and Joan Wortley of the Long Distance Walking Association SUS-140917-144514001
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More than 300 walkers have already signed up to Eastbourne and Wealden’s brand new Coast & Country Walking Festival (September 27-October 5) with highlights ranging from foodie tours to Bloomsbury art.

Featuring more than 70 guided walks – most of which are free – the nine-day festival is getting ready to showcase the sights, sounds and tastes of the South Downs National Park, Sussex Weald and stunning Eastbourne coastline.

Ranging from Nordic Walking to photography and even a brewery walking tour, foodie fans can browse the Farmers Market on the Proms and Pickles tour, or discover behind the scenes with tutored tastings on the Two Brewery Tour.

The full day tour stops at the Beachy Head Brewery, home of the ‘Legless Rambler’ and Long Man Brewery in Litlington – the team behind the charity Craft Pier beer, raising money for Eastbourne’s fire damaged pier.

Walks range from short family walks to strenuous day-long hikes with more than half of the walks on offer being completely free of charge.

Cllr Gill Mattock said, “Eastbourne is a wonderful gateway to many fascinating walks in Sussex.

“This festival is the perfect way to discover more about our heritage, geology or just enjoy the wonderful scenery.

“Many walks are free and suited to a range of abilities, so why not make the most of our September sunshine and discover a few secret trails for yourself.”

Highlights include a free Victorian Eastbourne walk, or a free walk along Pevensey Levels sees the eerie ghost port remains of the continuing 1,000-year battle between man and sea or the opportunity to try out Nordic walking includes a special torchlit tour along the Cuckoo Trail.

For more information about walks available or to book a place, visit www.SussexWalkingFestival.org.uk.