Celebrate the coast from Telscombe to Exceat with free organised walks

Cliffs at Telscombe.
Cliffs at Telscombe.

A series of free coastal walks will be staged during the next few weeks between Exceat and Peacehaven to celebrate their coastal heritage.

The first one will be on Saturday May 10 and will include exploring the beaches around Peacehaven.

The walks are being organised by organisations which want to get people interested in the spectacular coastline.

Chief executive of Sussex Community Development Association, Penny Shimmin said: “We have a beautiful coastline in this area and are delighted to have a chance to promote it through this project.

“It has been really well supported by a different range of funders and partners and this spring we have a chance to celebrate it through a range of themed walks for local people.”

The walk in Peacehaven on Saturday May 10 will take place from 11am to 1.30pm and is being billed as ideal for families with young children and buggy friendly.

It will involve a coastal walk around Peacehaven, returning to the Dell for a picnic and games.

Sandwiches and drinks can be brought along. Call Phi or Jessie on 01273 516032.

The next walk will be on Monday May 19 from Newhaven to Seaford and back from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

Anyone interested should meet at Denton Island outside on the lawns by the bridge. It will be suitable for children aged four and upwards.

Sussex Community Development Association has been working with the South Downs National Park Authority, East Sussex County Council and the regeneration partnerships in Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford to develop a project which will establish a Seahaven Coastal Trail.

The aim is to connect the four communities of Telscombe Cliffs, Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford along the coastal route, to celebrate their coastal heritage, promote local points of interest and businesses.

Funding for the project has come from the National Lottery, through its Awards for All scheme and the South Downs National Park Authority.

Supporting partners have been Peacehaven, Telscombe, Newhaven and Seaford town councils and Lewes District Council.

Signs have been installed from Peachaven to Exceat, a website is being created by Seaford firm Hothorse and guided walks and celebratory events will be held during May, June and July for local people, with special themes.

For further information on the walks or to become a volunteer contact Jessie Rodriguez on 01273 516032 or jessie@ncda.org.uk.