Hastings Circular Walk
This fine circular walk around Hastings visits the coast and countryside to the east of the town. The route runs for about 6 miles with some moderate climbs along the way. It's a varied walk with woodland trails, hill climbs and coastal sections to enjoy.
The walk starts at the harbour in Hastings and heads east along the Saxon Shore Way long distance footpath. The trail takes you along the coast to Hastings Country Park. Here you'll find 600 acres of parkland and woodland to explore on a number of paths. Features in the park include sandstone cliffs, shady glens covered with gorse and trees, nature trails and picnic areas. It's also great for wildlife with Peregrines, black redstarts and fulmars to look out for.
After passing through the park you continue along Covehurst Bay before turning north toward Fairlight. You then turn west through farmland where you pick up a section of the 1066 Country Walk to take you past Ecclesbourne Reservoir and High Wickham. At Ecclesbourne Glen you can visit the waterfalls and interesting rock formations.
The final section descends past East Hill back to the sea front and the finish point of the walk.
To extend your walking in the area you could continue east along the coast path to Fairlight Cove and Winchelsea on the Hastings to Winchelsea Coastal Walk. You could also head north through the High Weald on the 1066 Country Walk. The path will take you to Friar's Hill and Guestling Wood where there's wood anemone and bluebell displays in spring.
Hastings Circular Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Hastings Circular Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Hastings Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Hastings Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Right next to Hastings Country Park you'll find the the Coastguards Tea Rooms. There's a new conservatory with a beautiful coastal view with France visible on a clear day. The Tearoom seats 50 people inside and they have additional seating for 30 outside. It's a great place to relax and enjoy a cake when the weather is good. They also have a nice shop with gifts, paintings and arts and crafts. You can find them a short distance from the car park on Coastguards Lane with a postcode of TN35 4AB for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just west of Hastings you could visit St. Leonards Gardens where there's some lovely footpaths, an ornamental pond, herbaceous plants, shrubs, bulbs, formal flower beds and trees. There's also some interesting architecture with villas surrounding the gardens, in Regency Gothic and cottage styles. It's a very pleasant place for a stroll and can be found at postcode TN38 0HQ. The Hastings To Bexhill route will take you past the gardens along a waterfront cycling and walking trail.