Walking festival leads to secret places of Sussex

Family walking on the estate at Arlington Court, Devon.
Family walking on the estate at Arlington Court, Devon.

The National Trust has unveiled some secret places and stories in East Sussex ahead of its Great British Walk 2013.

A two-month walking festival, the Great British Walk encourages everyone to explore the outdoors at National Trust places and spaces. A vast and varied selection of walks is available, from those chosen by the public to hand-picked ones from National Trust experts.

Of the land the Trust looks after in East Sussex, 278 hectares is always open to the public, 791 hectares are within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and more than 10 kilometres is coastline.

Within these areas, the Great British Walk has uncovered some of the region’s most hidden vistas, stories and places including deserted iron ore pits dug by hand and the views that inspired much of Rudyard Kipling’s writing at his Burwash home, Bateman’s.

At Sheffield Park and Garden, children can discover creatures and beasties on the Sheffield Safari trail and adults can stumble across an historic cricket pitch (catching the odd game on a Sunday). In addition Sheffield Park offers the chance to explore the wartime use of the parkland as a camp for Canadian troops.

Running from Sunday, September 1, until November 3, this year’s Great British Walk is an inspiration to get out and about.

Share your walking pictures and the secrets you uncover in East Sussex on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #GBwalk. For more information and to download walks visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greatbritishwalk