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Nature Walks in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings

A great way of relaxing away from studying is by getting out into the Great British Countryside! It’s important to take a real break: leave your laptops at home, put your phone on silent and just embrace the fresh air and beautiful surroundings.

Luckily, you’re studying in towns that have a vast array of countryside, giving you ample opportunities to get out and enjoy a lovely walk in nature. Here are some of our suggestions for places for you to go to today:


Stanmer Park

Stanmer Park is a great place to go and take a stroll, it’s perfect for a picnic on a sunny day and while you’re there you can check out Stanmer House and the beautiful Falmer village.   

Devil’s Dyke

Escape to the countryside by heading up to Devil’s Dyke, there are a number of routes that you can take, depending on the time you have and the difficulty of the journey, so you can customise your hike! If you can’t travel up by car – you can get the bus (77) or if you’re feeling really active, take the cycle route.

Preston Park

Preston Park is a great place to play football, have a BBQ or simply relax in the sun. While you’re here – head over to the Rock Garden and see the wonderful water features. You can also see the “Preston Twins” – known to be the oldest Elm trees in the world.

BTN Bikeshare

If walking isn’t your cup of tea, you can also hire bikes and see the city on wheels. They’re inexpensive, adjustable and a really fun way to get around.


Beachy Head

Beachy Head is a beautiful chalk headland, close to Eastbourne and near to the Seven Sisters. Head here for breathtaking views, check out the Beachy Head pub and see the famous lighthouse. Please remember to stay well away from the edge and base of any cliffs for your own safety.

Seven Sisters and Cuckmere River

While you’re at Beachy Head, walk over to The Seven Sisters to admire the South Downs National Park and magnificent view. Once again, it’s so important that you remain safe – so please stay well away from the edge and base of any cliffs.

Birling Gap

You can also head over to Birling Gap for a calming walk or an adventure in rockpooling and fossil hunting. You’ll see beautiful views of the Seven Sisters and be able to relax in the sun, if you head here during spring you’ll see an array of wildlife as the park awakes from its winter slumber.

You can get the bus (12 or 12X) from either Brighton or Eastbourne to Beachy Head and this stops along the way to both Seven Sisters and Birling Gap.

Friston Forest

Friston Forest has a number of routes for you to explore, it’s also a great place to cycle if you’re more interested in getting around on wheels!


Castle Ruins

If you haven’t already been, the Castle Ruins are a must see! It’s a historical wonder with great views of Hastings.

Hastings Country Park

Hastings Country Park is famous for its scenic views, Sandstone cliffs, nature trails and picnic areas. Come along on a sunny day to be immersed in nature!

Hastings Beach

You really just can’t go wrong with the beach! While you’re there, check out Hastings Pier for a wide range of events and activities. You can also play volleyball, mini golf or check out the Blue Reef Aquarium.

Battle Great Wood

If you want to make new friends on your journey, head here to see badgers, deer, butterflies and more. There is also the chance to cycle here if this is your preference!  

Don’t forget that it’s simple to travel between campuses so you can check out any of these places, regardless of the campus you’re based at. Whichever walk you choose, have fun and enjoy a well-deserved break!


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