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|Sussex Hospices Trail Part 10: Normans Bay to West St Leonards|
|Author: , Published: 12 Jul 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|East Sussex, Bexhill|
|IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a linear walk that uses a train service for the initial outward journey 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 Normans Bay rail station to West St Leonards rail station in East Sussex, forming the 10th stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. You will walk through quiet countryside, around a golf course and along the bustling promenade of Bexhill taking in some fantastic views of the coast.
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 route is largely flat aside from a short climb up ‘Galley Hill’ and although the majority of it is on tarmac the first section is through fields which can get muddy. These fields may be holding livestock so take particular care with dogs. There are also some very tight v-shaped stiles to squeeze over so those with large dogs may struggle. Several opportunities for facilities and refreshments exist on the route. Allow 4 hours.
The walk starts at Normans Bay rail station and ends at West St. Leonards rail station. Normans Bay rail station is a secluded station on the line between Hastings and Eastbourne with no parking nearby and therefore we suggest taking the train from West St. Leonards (where parking is available, post code TN38 0NL) to Normans Bay and then walking the route as the return leg. The small car park at West St. Leonards offers a day rate of £3.10 (correct July 2016). West St. Leonards and Normans Bay stations are on separate train lines and therefore you will need to travel eastwards one stop to St. Leonards Warrior Square and then change lines to travel west to Normans Bay. It is always worth checking train times before you leave as journey duration can vary from 20mins up to 50mins depending on connections. Remember, trains do NOT run on SUNDAYS so you will need to use cars or taxis.
|Start to Stile Alongside Field|
Start point: 50.826 lat, 0.3898 long
Exit the platform and turn left, heading away from the sea. At the junction turn right onto Sluice Lane. There is no footway along this road so be aware of traffic. Follow the road until you reach the Star Inn pub on your left. Here the road narrows to pass over a brick-walled bridge on a sharp S-bend with very limited visibility. You can either continue on the road or alternatively, for a safer option, walk through the pub garden, over the wooden footbridge and then re-join the road.
|Stile Alongside Field to Golf Course|
Start point: 50.8313 lat, 0.3965 long
NOTE: These fields may have livestock within them so please take particular care with dogs, keeping them on a lead unless you feel threatened.
|Golf Course to Clavering Walk|
Start point: 50.8359 lat, 0.4068 long
After a short distance you will reach a golf course. Please be conscious of players at all times and show respect by allowing them to play their shots before you cross. Keep your eyes peeled for any stray flying golf balls, especially when crossing fairways.
|Clavering Walk to Cooden Beach Hotel|
Start point: 50.8367 lat, 0.4208 long
Once over the stile, join the tarmac path between the houses where you will enter a residential street named Clavering Walk. Follow this all the way until you reach a T-junction with Cooden Sea Road. Take a right here and walk south towards the sea and Cooden Beach train station. You should pass Cooden Beach Golf Club and Cooden Beach train station on your right. There are public toilets situated opposite the train station if you require.
|Cooden Beach Hotel to South Cliff|
Start point: 50.8328 lat, 0.4276 long
Just after the entrance to the Cooden Beach Hotel (and on the left-hand bend) you need to cross over the road to the opposite pavement. With the hotel behind you, walk east along Cooden Drive for a few hundred yards until you see Beaulieu Road on your right.
|South Cliff to De La Warr Pavilion|
Start point: 50.8353 lat, 0.4466 long
At the bottom of the slope you will enter the promenade, bear left here keeping the sea on your right-hand side. Walk along the concrete promenade until you reach Groyne Number 44, which is displayed on a large noticeboard and is situated just prior to a row of concrete beach huts and opposite another concrete slip way. Walk up this slope (away from the sea) and when you reach the road at the top, turn right. After a couple of hundred yards you will re-join the promenade at a round brick building containing public toilets, continue on with the sea on your right.
|De La Warr Pavilion to Galley Hill|
Start point: 50.8368 lat, 0.4703 long
Continue all the way along the promenade for approximately 1.5 miles following the path as it snakes around the amusements on your left and Bexhill Sailing Club on your right. Eventually you will reach the end of the promenade at a small white building used by Bexhill Angling Club with several blocks of tall flats situated on your left. Here you will need to join the road and walk up Galley Hill.
|Galley Hill to Sea Road|
Start point: 50.8418 lat, 0.4978 long
Continue on the path down the other side which becomes a shared footway and cycleway, passing a skate park on the left. At the bottom of the hill adjacent to the Cafe on the Beach the path splits. The existing path turns a sharp left under a brick railway bridge however you need to continue straight ahead up over the hill; keeping the railway line on your left and the sea on your right.
|Sea Road to End|
Start point: 50.8503 lat, 0.539 long
At the main promenade, turn left and walk up Sea Road so that the beach is behind you and the houses are on your right. At the T-junction at the end of the road, cross straight over using the zebra crossing and walk up the hill, passing the Bo-Peep pub on your right. Just a minute later you will reach the top of Keats Close where you must bear right onto West Hill Road, walking uphill. After less than 100 yards turn left into St. Vincent’s Road. The road passes over a railway bridge and you will see West St. Leonard’s Railway Station ahead of you where this part of the Sussex Hospices Trail ends.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author scarter 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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