Eastbourne Beach Walk

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5.8 km
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140 m
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Eastbourne Beach Walk

The Eastbourne Beach Walk is a popular walk among locals and tourists alike. The walk follows a concrete path that borders the beach and ocean and gives beautiful views of the chalky white cliffs that hang above. The Eastbourne Beach Walk is great for families and dog walkers and can get quite busy on a nice day.

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Route Description for Eastbourne Beach Walk

The Eastbourne Beach Walk is a beautiful stroll that has a stunning view of the ocean to one side and chalky white cliffs that hang over the sea to the other. There are many areas to relax on the beach here, which makes this walk extremely popular during warmer months.

The walk is perfect for families, dog walkers and pushchairs as the majority of the walk is done on a concrete path. Vibrant, colourful beach huts line the walkway in the beginning and the beauty of East Sussex carries on throughout this path. As this area is not as developed as some other areas, there are not too many buildings other than a few coffee places. The parking is also free in this area, which increases the desirability of this path.

Beginning at the car park, head down to the colourful beach huts along the ocean and walk to the concrete path that will be in front of you. As you continue walking, you will see the stunning white chalk cliffs in the distance that hang over the ocean and lead to the Seven Sister cliffs. On a warm day you will see kayakers, swimmers and paddle boarders out on the ocean. At any point you can stop and take a dip in the warm sea to cool yourself off.

It is also not uncommon to see fishermen on the path or wading in the water, looking for that catch of the day. If you need a refreshment, there are a few coffee shops along this path to take a break, sip a cool drink and gaze out at the sparkling sea. This walk is fairly easy as there is no real gradient to worry about and will bring you to the Tide Mills, which is at the New Haven end of the beach. Tide Mills was actually declared uninhabitable in 1936 and was abandoned by residents in 1939. It was later used for military training in World War II and became a Canadian Base.

As this is an out-and-back walk, you can explore the Tide Mills area, and possibly a small nature reserve nearby and then head back the same way you came along the concrete path to get back to the colourful beach huts and car park where you began.

Insider Hints for Eastbourne Beach Walk

  • Parking is free at the Eastbourne Beach Walk
  • This path can get very busy in the warmer months, so coming early or later in the day may help navigate large crowds
  • If you want to continue a bit further, you can head to Tide Mills and see the town that was deemed uninhabitable
  • Extend your stay and book a room at The New England, where you can stay in coastal chic rooms, the majority with a view of the sea
  • Head to the Toreros Tapas Restaurant & Bar for a delicious meal in Eastbourne

Getting to the Eastbourne Beach Walk Trailhead

To get to the Eastbourne Beach Walk from downtown Eastbourne, head northeast on Seaside Road/A259 toward Cavendish Place. Turn right onto Marine Parade Road and then turn right onto Marine Parade Road. In 1.0 km, continue onto Royal Parade, and in 0.5 km, your destination will be on your right.

Route Information

  • When to do

    April - October

  • Backcountry Campsites


  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly


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  • Crowd Levels


  • Route Type

    Out and back

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