Coastal sites with surfaced trails


Following the latest Government advice all of our rights of way sites and countryside parks are open, but some facilities are still closed.

The following car parks are open:

  • Seven Sisters Country Park – both car parks
  • Ditchling Common – car park
  • Ashdown Forest – Pooh car park, off Chuck Hatch Lane in Hartfield Parish
  • Broomhill Sands – car park
  • Camber Sands – Rother District Council’s Camber Western, Camber Central and Old Lydd Road car parks

The following remain closed:

  • Seven Sisters Country Park – visitor centre and public toilet
Beachy Head Lighthouse
Beachy Head Lighthouse

Beachy Head

This famous high point on the chalk cliffs has a visitor centre and trail with spectacular views over the sea and lighthouse.

  • Visitor centre
  • Car park (pay and display)
  • Toilets
  • OS map ref: TV 591959

Further information

Website: Beachy Head Countryside Centre
Phone: 01323 737273

Broomhill Sands

A surfaced ramp provides access onto a 400 metre section of the sea wall from the car park giving superb views over Rye Bay.

  • Car park off Lydd Road.
  • OS map ref: TQ 980182.

Further information

Phone: 0345 60 80 193

Hastings Country Park

The country park stretches along the coastline east of Hastings and has diverse wild habitats. Much of the park is rugged and difficult to access but the Firehills area has an accessible trail, visitor centre, picnic facilities, car park and toilets.

  • Parking and disabled parking off Fairlight Road
  • OS map ref: TQ 860118

Further information

Website: Hastings Country Park

Countryside Ranger (Hastings Borough Council)
Phone: 01424 813225

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

A 1.5km surfaced track runs from Rye Harbour Village to the shore. Birds and wildlife abound along this route and there is also a pool overlooked by two birdwatching hides with wheelchair access.

  • Car parking in Rye Harbour village.
  • Toilets in Rye Harbour village.
  • Birdwatching hide with wheelchair access.
  • OS map ref: TQ 942189.

Further information

Website: Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

The Warden
East Sussex County Council
Phone: 01797 223862

Seven Sisters Country Park

The park is a large chalk grassland site lying partly on the most seaward stretch of the Cuckmere valley and partly on the undulating hills of the Seven Sisters.

Many facilities have easy access including a 2km track to the sea. This track is mostly concrete but has a well-worn grass track for the last 700m which is accessible during summer.

  • Bikes and canoes for hire
  • Car park (pay and display)
  • Visitor centre, restaurant and toilets
  • OS map ref: TV 520994

Futher information

Website: Seven Sisters Country Park
Phone: 0345 60 80 193

Bicycle hire: Seven Sisters Cycle Company
Phone: 01323 870310