Parks, Woodlands & Gardens

Outdoor spaces to enjoy a stroll or a picnic in East Sussex, your guide to local places to enjoy some fresh air !

Abbots Wood
Nr Hailsham
Approx 360 hectares of woodland containing way-marked forest trails, picnic/barbecue areas and an adventure play area.
www.forestry.gov.uk
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Alexandra Park
Hastings
109 acre park, originally planned by Robert Marnock and opened in 1882. The Park was re-opened in 2004 by Charlie Dimmock and now boasts tennis courts, a bandstand, boating lake, bowls court, childrens play areas. war memorial and the excellent Eat@ cafe.
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Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail
Polegate
Open between mid April and mid May to view the bluebells in Beatons wood. Eight walks, some with wheelchair access.
www.bluebellwalk.co.uk
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Bewl Water
Nr Etchingham
Straddling the East Sussex/Kent border, easily accessed from the A21 and offering picturesque walks, sailing, cycling, boat trips and a visitors centre.
www.bewlwater.co.uk
Location : Map

The Cuckoo Trail

Eastbourne
An 11 mile, footpath and cycle way which largely follows a disused railway line from Eastbourne's Hampden Park to Heathfield. A safe route for walkers and cyclists of all ages, providing an excellent opportunity to spot wildlife and enjoy beautiful surroundings.
www.eastsussex.gov.uk
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Egerton Park
Bexhill
Just west of Bexhill town centre, Egerton park offers visitors anything from a tranquil stroll to the chance to test your fitness with the outdoor gym !
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Friston Forest
Nr Eastbourne
Excellent for walking and cycling, this Forestry Commission site offers way-marked trails through quiet, thickly-wooded valleys. Glimpses of rare butterflies and even deer may reward patient visitors.
www.forestry.gov.uk
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Hampden park

Eastbourne
Opened in 1902, becoming the first publicly owned park in Eastbourne. Features a large area of semi-natural woodland housing a wealth of wildlife, lawns, arboretum, picnic facilities, bowls club and lakeside cafe.
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Hastings Country Park

Hastings
Covering the cliffs to the east of the town, offering fabulous sea views, this 660 acre park was created in 1974. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest the park features nature trails, picnic areas, sandstone cliffs and glens covered with gorse and trees.
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Pebsham Countryside Park

Bexhill
Currently in the early stages of development, the aim is to create a sustainable, multi functional countryside area with leisure, sport, ecology and educational facilities. This 1,500 acre site already boasts a network of signed countryside walking routes, further information can be found on the website below :
www.rother.gov.uk
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Princes Park

Eastbourne
Close to Eastbourne seafront, less than 1km from the pier, boasting informal gardens, a scented rose garden, 18 hole putting green, bowling greens, two children's playgrounds and a model boating lake.
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Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Rye
A Mosaic of natural habitats to explore. A network of paths provide opportunities to see many plants and animals, many of which are rarely seen. Each visit will lead to discovering something new.
www.wildrye.info/
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St Helens Woods
Hastings
Small but beautiful, this little patch of woodland is tucked away in the Hastings Suburbs. Short walk, picnic & barbeque facilities.
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Seven Sisters Country Park

Nr Eastbourne
Covering 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, chalk grasslands and a meandering river valley. A beautiful spot to walk, cycle or indulge in some birdwatching. Named after the famous seven sisters series of chalk cliffs.
www.sevensisters.org.uk
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Sheffield Park Garden

Nr Haywards Heath/Uckfield
Magnificent landscaped gardens, waterfalls, lakes. Internationally renowned garden planted in the 18th Century. Magnificent Autumn colours.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
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Wilderness Wood
Nr Uckfield
Come for a stroll among the 62 acre wood managed in a slow and sustainable manner. Established programme of events and activities as well as a visitor centre, see the website for more details.
www.wildernesswood.co.uk
Location : Map
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