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Hellingly and the Cuckoo Trail

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Hellingly and the Cuckoo Trail
Author: East Sussex Walks, Published: 14 Oct 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Hellingly and the Cuckoo Trail Walking Guide star1 Hellingly and the Cuckoo Trail Walking Guide star1 Hellingly and the Cuckoo Trail Walking Guide star1 Hellingly and the Cuckoo Trail Walking Guide star0 Hellingly and the Cuckoo Trail Walking Guide
East Sussex, Hailsham
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Hellingly and the Cuckoo Trail
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Hellingly and the Cuckoo Trail Walking Guide boot Hellingly and the Cuckoo Trail Walking Guide
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A 2 mile (3km) circular walk from the village of Hellingly in East Sussex. The walk takes you along a section of The Cuckoo Trail, an old rail line, before crossing farmland and heading back through the village with a stop at the historic church. This walk is one of a collection published through a collaboration between iFootpath and East Sussex County Council.

The terrain is fairly easy and follows a mixture of lanes and surfaced paths plus stretches across grass fields. You will need to negotiate several gates and footbridges plus one flight of steps and one stile (which has a dog gate alongside). You may come across livestock in the grass pastures. Allow 1 hour.

Hellingly village is located 1.5 miles north of Hailsham in East Sussex. The walk starts and finishes from the Cuckoo Trail Car Park, located on Station Road. Head east out of the village on Station Road and you will see the car park on your right, just before the road crosses the former railway. Nearest post code BN27 4EU.

Walk Sections

Start to River Cuckmere
Start to River Cuckmere

Start point: 50.8863 lat, 0.2514 long
End point: 50.8915 lat, 0.2534 long

Starting from the Cuckoo Trail car park, use the path at the end of the car park to join the Cuckoo Trail beside the old Hellingly Station (now a private house). Turn left and follow the Cuckoo Trail under the bridge, and continue for approx 370 metres (400 yds) to reach Mill Lane.

Cross the lane and continue to follow the Cuckoo Trail ahead, passing the old watermill on your left. The Cuckoo Trail follows the route of the old Cuckoo Line Railway that used to link Heathfield with Tunbridge Wells and the coast. The route now crosses the River Cuckmere.

River Cuckmere to Stile
River Cuckmere to Stile

Start point: 50.8915 lat, 0.2534 long
End point: 50.8973 lat, 0.2575 long

Continue to follow the Cuckoo Trail beyond the bridge, passing areas of wetland on both sides of the path. After passing under the next bridge, continue to follow the Cuckoo Trail for a further 280 metres (305 yds) to a point where a footpath crosses. Turn left to join the footpath, and follow this up the steps and over a stile.

Stile to Farm Track
Stile to Farm Track

Start point: 50.8973 lat, 0.2575 long
End point: 50.8946 lat, 0.2526 long

After crossing the stile, follow the well walked footpath across the field in the direction indicated, to reach a gate. After the gate, continue to follow the route across the second field to reach a small bridge and another gate. Beyond the gate, follow the signposted route along the field edge path, keeping the hedge on your right. At the next gate, follow the route, crossing a farm track to reach a footbridge.

Farm Track to Farm Buildings
Farm Track to Farm Buildings

Start point: 50.8946 lat, 0.2526 long
End point: 50.8915 lat, 0.2508 long

After crossing the bridge, the path continues along the edge of the next field, again with the hedge to your right. After a further small bridge and gates, the route continues along the edge of the next field, but this time with the hedge on your left. Continue to follow the route to reach a field gate to the left of the farm buildings.

Farm Buildings to Hellingly Church
Farm Buildings to Hellingly Church

Start point: 50.8915 lat, 0.2508 long
End point: 50.8884 lat, 0.2468 long

Continue ahead crossing the concrete track and yard to another two gates. Beyond the second gate, cross the edge of a short section of field to another handgate. After this gate the route follows the enclosed section of path to reach the road at Mill Lane. Turn right and follow the lane. At the first road junction, continue to follow Mill Lane straight ahead, to reach Hellingly village and the church.

Hellingly Church to End
Hellingly Church to End

Start point: 50.8884 lat, 0.2468 long
End point: 50.8865 lat, 0.2505 long

Hellingly Church is built on the only remaining, undamaged, ciric in Sussex. A ciric is a circular Celtic burial ground, raised to keep the dead dry. Once round, the Hellingly ciric is now oval as more land was acquired in the 12th century. After the church you will reach a T-junction in the road. Turn left and follow Station Road back to the Cuckoo Trail car park and the end of the walk.

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1 comments for "Hellingly and the Cuckoo Trail"

We covered this walk on a fine day end of October. Many walkers will not need this warning, but leaving the Cuckoo Trail into and across the fields plunged us into a sea of very wet LONG grass. Even stout walking shoes were quickly soaked through. Be prepared!

By lochinvar on 03 Nov 2017

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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