Stepping out from Coast to Country

Ready to put their best foot forward. Picture by Sophie Hepworth
Ready to put their best foot forward. Picture by Sophie Hepworth

The Coast and Country Walking Festival is returning to the area after a successful launch year in 2014.

The event is organised by Eastbourne Borough Council and Wealden District Council and runs from September 26 to October 4.

With walks ranging from Nordic walking, exploratory walks around the Cuckmere Valley and the High Weald, a literary walk focusing on the writing of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and walks offering fascinating insights into local history, the event will cater for all tastes, ages and abilities.

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. Families can enjoy shorter walks, whilst the more active person can take on a strenuous and challenging day-long hike. The Coast and Country Walking Festival, which aims to increase tourism and awareness of the beautiful landscape surrounding Eastbourne, will feature a diverse variety of guided walks over the nine days. Festival walking leaders have been invited to submit a walk for the festival before May 16.

Eastbourne Borough Council Senior Head of Tourism and Enterprise Phil Evans said, “Last year’s joint initiative allowed us to work with Wealden and the High Weald to uphold our beautiful countryside and coastline, at the same time as offering a wide range of walking activities.

“With the importance of promoting healthy lifestyles in Eastbourne for everyone, we look forward to the festival’s return this autumn.”

The Festival will showcase the sights, sounds and tastes of the South Downs National Park, Sussex Weald and stunning Eastbourne coastline, improving upon last year’s festival with more walks planned for this year, highlighting history, heritage and culture in the South Downs area. More than half of the walks on offer are completely free of charge; however booking is required for all walks. For information go to www.sussexwalkingfestival.org.uk. To become a walk leader or backmarker contact Wealden District Council’s Community and Regeneration team on 01892 602757 or email communitydevelopment@wealden.gov.uk

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