Family walks: keeping fit over the winter feasting season
We all know what it feels like to overdo it on the pigs in blankets at Christmas time and I’m sure we’ve all been known to over-indulge when the chocolate selection boxes are being passed around.
Lucky for us, Sussex is home to some of the UK’s most beautiful walks so you’ll be out enjoying that fresh air in no time, to blow those Christmas cobwebs away. We’ve rounded up our five favourite walks that all the family can enjoy. So pop your boots on and let’s begin.
A Walk for All – Bramber
This 2.2-mile route along the River Adur is suitable for all admirers of the stunning West Sussex countryside. Offering beautiful views of the South Downs and the River Adur, you can enjoy spotting a range of birds, insects, and plants. What’s more, the route has been re-vamped so it’s accessible for buggies, wheelchairs and scooters.
Henfield’s Circular Walk – Henfield
Grab your walking shoes and enjoy some fresh air with this guided walk of Henfield’s fascinating history. You’ll be able to spot St Peter’s Church, The Cat House, The Tanyard and St Anthony’s Cottage. You’ll not only be getting the steps in; you’ll also be learning something new.
The Cuckoo Trail – Hailsham
The 14-mile route through the Sussex countryside is a safe route for walkers and cyclists of all ages. With plenty of natural wildlife, wild flowers and sculptures, the route takes you through Horam, Hailsham and Polegate. There are plenty of picnic benches along the route so pack a flask up with hot chocolate and enjoy.
Family walk – Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters
Enjoy the striking landscape of the seven sisters and take in the breath-taking sea and downland views. You’ll head up the hill to the lighthouse along the clifftop path which will give you wonderful views towards Beachy Head. You’ll then walk through a delicate, small woodland known as the Horseshoe Plantation where you’ll be able to spot migrating birds if you’re lucky.
1066 Country Walk – Pevensey to Rye
If you’re looking for a much longer adventure, this 31-mile walk takes you from Pevensey Castle, past Herstmonceux Castle and Battle Abbey, right through Winchelsea and finally ending in historic Rye. Although it’s a long walk, there’s no reason why you couldn’t pick a shorter section to tackle. The walk passes through the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so there’s much to see including windmills, old churches, rustic farms and rolling hills.
These are just a few of our favourites but do check out the walking section on our website to see if there’s something else that takes your fancy.