Combe Valley Countryside Park

Combe Valley Countryside Park covers approximately 2.3 square miles (about 1440 acres) between Bexhill and Hastings. Although most of the land is privately owned and farmed, there are lots of paths for walkers, cyclists and horseriders allowing the quiet enjoyment of this beautiful stretch of East Sussex countryside.

What you will find

Habitats include:

  • open water and ditches
  • grassland, scrub and woodland
  • rock pools, sand and shingle along Bulverhythe Beach.

The park contains the Combe Haven Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and the Filsham Reedbed Local Nature Reserve (LNR) which is managed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. The considerable diversity of flora and fauna includes a nationally important population of dragonflies.

Cattle graze many of the fields through the summer months and help to manage the water meadows. Cereals are grown in many of the fields on higher ground.

Visitor information

For visitor information and a map, see the Nature on Your Doorstep leaflet.

An annual events programme is organised by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. See Rother District Council website – Combe Valley Countryside Park Events

Walking, cycling and access

The park contains a network of public footpaths, bridleways and other rights of way. Work is ongoing to improve access further, particularly for those who are less mobile.

Dogs are welcome but they must be kept under close control when animals are grazing in the fields. Please clear up after your dog.

How to get there

There are a number of car parks situated around the edges of the park. The number 98 and 99 buses run along the A259 Bexhill Road. The nearest train stations are Bexhill, West St. Leonards and Crowhurst.

For more information about getting here, see our public transport pages.

Management and history

Combe Valley Countryside Park was created to provide a green space for the public to enjoy, between Bexhill and Hastings.

The land is mostly privately owned. Development of the park is managed in partnership between East Sussex County Council, Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council.