Walking and Rambling in Eastbourne
YHA Eastbourne is at the foot of the iconic Beachy Head, just 400 metres from the start of the South Downs Way, an ancient ‘Right of Way’, in the newly created South Downs National Park.
Discovering Britain walk with the Royal Geographical Society: Shifting sands - Rye & Winchelsea Or walk from Seaford to YHA Eastbourne: You can walk from Brighton but there are seven hours of ups and downs ahead so use the Coaster bus (12/12A/12X) to Seaford instead. Beyond Seaford Head, walk over Cuckmere Haven to the start of Sevens Sisters Country Park. From here it’s a breath-taking rollercoaster ramble atop the famous chalk cliffs.
At eight miles in, the National Trust tearoom at Birling Gap makes a perfect pit stop before the final climb up Beachy Head, Britain’s highest chalk cliff. From there it’s all delightfully downhill. End your expedition in seaside splendour with a stroll along the prom and fish and chips on the pier. A pretty 30-minute walk or 15-minute bus ride brings you to your relaxation destination.
Other things to do nearby
YHA Eastbourne is just 400 metres from the South Downs Way in the South Downs National Park.
If you want to have a go at watersports rather than just watching from the shore, the watersports centre on the seafront offers courses in sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, body-boarding and power boati
Catch up with the contemporary art scene for free - this gallery has three floors of exhibitions, collections and interesting events. Look out for creative workshops and cutting-edge performers.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to on-road and off-road cycling in Sussex.
YHA South Downs is great for mountain bikers and road cyclists alike.
The entire 100 mile length of the South Downs Way is open to cyclists, from Eastbourne to Winchester.
Enjoy the thrill of the outdoor rides, or visit Rocky's Adventure Land, a huge indoor soft play area. Take your swimming costumes for the water slides and the other wet areas. Visit the Fort
Visit Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters with their dramatic white cliffs and gently undulating downs.
12 miles Explore the history of Medieval England with this magnificent moated castle and superb Elizabethan gardens. Visit the website
Various watersports are available from Newhaven Marina or from Piddinghoe Pond, both a short distance from the hostel.
Stargazing – a simple yet intriguing and inspiring evening activity.
YHA South Downs is right on the South Downs Way, ideal for either long distance walkers wishing to tackle the whole thing or for those wishing just to cherry pick the sections with the stunning views,
Just 8 minutes away on the train is Lewes, County Town of Sussex with a Norman Castle and cobbled streets. Visit the imposing, 1000- year-old Lewes Castle to enjoy panoramic views across the sur
1066 Country is the kind of place where you don't just learn about history, you live it. Visit the 1066 Country website
The world's oldest operating aquarium is right on the sea-front! With amazing exhibits, you can see how fish and marine creatures live beneath the waves, plus there are plenty of opportunities t
10 miles Glide around the Carousel like Mary Poppins, Climb the Helter Skelter to see the Isle of Wight or Relax in a Deck Chair. Visit the website