Cuckmere Haven Meanders


Polegate is a small market town in the south of the district, located five miles to the north of Eastbourne with views over the magnificent South Downs.  It has its own station and is easily accessible from London on the Southern line with additional access to the coast by rail or bus. Plan your route on the East Sussex interactive bus map.

The famous white cliffs, the Seven Sisters lie to the west and are a nationally iconic stretch of coastline within the South Downs National Park which is within easy access from Polegate.

For visitors interested in walking, cycling or horse riding, the Cuckoo Trail starts in Polegate, heading north through the Sussex countryside finishing at Heathfield and is just one of the opportunities for walking and cycling in the area.

The famous herbalist Nicholas Culpeper lived in Folkington in the 1600's. He was an apprentice to the local apothecary and claimed to be a 'student of physic and healing'. In 1640 he was well known for his lectures and his book known as The Complete Herbal.

Did you know?

Elizabeth David, who strongly influenced the revitalisation of the art of home cookery with articles and books about European cuisines and traditional British dishes, grew up and lived at Wootton Manor, Folkington.



Drusillas, widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country, has an animal and child friendly, family environment and is the perfect place for families with children.

Lullington Heath Nature Reserve is a site of special scientific interest and has a footpath through some of the loveliest countryside in the area.

Relax & Enjoy...

Bluebell Walks

Friston Forest which is managed by the Forestry Commission, offers a number of waymarked routes for visitors to explore its beech woods. Its undulating terrain makes it popular with walkers and mountain bikers alike.

Abbot's Wood is also managed by the Forestry Commission and offers visitors waymarked forest trails, barbecues and picnic sites. There is also a large grass area for ball games.

Out & About...


For spectator sport why not visit the Arlington Stadium where the Eastbourne Eagles race regularly during the season. 

Or you could try your hand at canoeing in the Seven Sisters Country Park or maybe do some fishing at Arlington Reservoir .

Whatever outdoor pursuit you enjoy, there is plenty to choose from to keep you entertained.



Long Man Wilmington

The famous hill figure of The Long Man of Wilmington can be found on the steep slopes of Windover Hill near Wilmington.  He is the mysterious guardian of the South Downs, who has baffled archaeologists and historians for hundreds of years.

The South Downs Way is accessible at nearby Beachy Head and is a good way of exploring the countryside and the coast.


Get Immersed...

Berwick Church Interior

Berwick Church a Grade 1 listed building is widely known for the extensive 20th century murals painted during the Second World War by the Bloomsbury artists, Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Quentin Bell.

Every year thousands of ‘Bloomsbury Pilgrims’ visit Charleston House - the home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the ‘Bloomsbury Group’.

Stay a While...

Wilmington Priory

For the more independent visitor there is a wide selection of self-catering properties as well as country B&Bs, guesthouses and caravan and camping sites.

Wilmington Priory was a Benedictine priory founded in the mid 11th century in the parish of Long Man.  The surviving building is now owned by the Landmark Trust and let as holiday accommodation.


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