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|Sussex Hospices Trail Part 9: Eastbourne to Normans Bay|
|Author: korman, Published: 14 Jun 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|East Sussex, Eastbourne|
|IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a linear walk that uses a train service for the return leg which runs MON-SAT ONLY. If you are walking on a Sunday, you will need to make other travel arrangements. |
An 8 mile linear walk from Eastbourne rail station to Normans Bay rail station in East Sussex, forming the 9th stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The route takes in Eastbourne's lively shopping precinct, a Victorian Pier, a large marine harbour and four Martello Towers before the final stretch along the road or quiet shingle beaches of Pevensey and Normans Bay. The return leg can be completed with a single 14 minute train journey (Mon-Sat).
The hospices of Sussex are dedicated to providing specialist end-of-life care. Friends of Sussex Hospices has worked with partners and supporters to create the Sussex Hospices Trail, a 200 mile long-distance path to support and raise awareness of the twelve hospice care providers that serve the adults and children of Sussex.
The walking route is entirely flat and follows paved paths with just a couple of sections on loose stone. There are no stiles or gates but you will need to negotiate a set of lock gates. Towards the end, there is an option to walk along the shingle beach. There are plenty of options for facilities and refreshments along the route. Allow 4 hours.
The walk starts at Eastbourne rail station and ends at Normans Bay rail station. (Eastbourne Station is one of two railway stations in the town, the other being Hampden Park). There is a car park at Eastbourne Station with a day rate of £3.90 (correct May 2016). Eastbourne Station and Normans Bay Station are connected by an hourly train service Mon-Sat and the journey takes just 14 minutes. (Southern Rail services run eastwards to Hastings and Ashford International or west via Lewes to Brighton or London Victoria). Remember, trains do NOT run on SUNDAYS so you will need to use cars or taxis. Normans Bay is a tiny station and could be subject to service cancellations on other days so check before you set out.
|Start to Eastbourne Pier|
Start point: 50.7693 lat, 0.2811 long
The walk begins at Eastbourne rail station. This part of the Sussex Hopsices Trail is closest to St Wilfrid’s Hospice Eastbourne. This hospice was founded in 1982, and exists to support, empower and care for people at the end of life, to influence quality of end of life care in all settings and to encourage the engagement of the wider community.The hospice serves a population of 230,000 people from Eastbourne and the surrounding areas.
|Eastbourne Pier to Redoubt Fortress|
Start point: 50.7674 lat, 0.2924 long
NOTE: If you are continuing your walk from Trail Part 8, pick up the directions from this point
|Redoubt Fortress to Harbour Corner|
Start point: 50.774 lat, 0.3013 long
As the pathway slopes towards a car park, continue along the right-hand pavement behind the seafront buildings. At this point you are likely to see a fascinating selection of fish and seafood being unloaded.
|Harbour Corner to End of Harbour Pavement|
Start point: 50.7877 lat, 0.3295 long
Follow the brick pavement around the Sovereign Harbour residential development to the lock gates. Cross the two lock gates and then continue along the pavement turning right then left and follow the pathway in front of the seafront properties until the pavement ends. Sovereign Harbour was opened in 1993 in an area formerly known as The Crumbles. It is now a prestigious marina development with houses and apartment blocks arranged around an outer tidal harbour, four inner basins and alongside the waterways and seashore.
|End of Harbour Pavement to Pevensey Bay|
Start point: 50.8023 lat, 0.3333 long
At the end of the harbour pavement, bear right across the shingle and join the access road behind the seafront chalets. At this point you have two options, either to walk alongside the road or to walk on the shingle beach.
|Pevensey Bay to End|
Start point: 50.8125 lat, 0.3521 long
With the sea behind you, and using the right-hand pavement, follow Sea Road a few yards ahead and then cross the road to take the second right, Coast Road. Cross this road at the lights to swap to the left-hand pavement. Continue until you come to the Ethelwood Community Centre where you should swap to the right-hand pavement again.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author korman and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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