Ecclesbourne Glen footpath reopens after repair works

Volunteers together with Cllr Dawn Poole on the coastal footpath
Volunteers together with Cllr Dawn Poole on the coastal footpath

Works have now been completed to open up the main footpath at Hastings Country Park.

Early this year a major landslip, caused by heavy rainfall and storms, affected footpaths in Ecclesbourne Glen, closing them off to the public.

Since then Hastings Borough Council has been working with East Sussex County Council and Natural England to reinstate the main coastal footpath which runs from the East Hill along the top of Ecclesbourne Glen.

Conservation volunteers, working with the rangers, have now fully reinstated the steps on the main footpath that joins the East Hill with the rest of Hastings Country Park.

Councillor Dawn Poole, the council’s lead member for leisure and amenities, said: “It’s great news that this popular route is once again open to the public. Vegetation has been cleared all along the coastal path from the East Hill down to the stream, the steps have been replaced and new fencing has been installed at the boundaries. Our thanks must go to the volunteers who have worked so hard. People can now resume walking along the coastal path from the East Hill to the rest of the country park.”

The path reopened just in time for Christmas.