9 – Eastbourne to Normans Bay

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 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.


Accessing the Trail

There are several ways to follow the Trail!

On paper

You can download and print the PDF leaflet for your walk at the top of this page. These include turn-by-turn directions, photos and a simplified map. For extra safety, we recommend that you carry an Ordnance Survey map of the area too.

On an app

The walks can be found on the free AllTrails App. They are already downloaded and the directions are in the section called Waypoints.

This version of AllTrails will work as long as there is an internet (3G/4G) signal.

Note: within the AllTrails App you have the option to pay a subscription to upgrade to AllTrails Pro. This gives you the ability to follow the guides without using any internet data in areas where there is no 3G/4G coverage.

On a GPS device

If you have a Garmin or another GPS-based App e.g. the Ordnance Survey App, you can download the GPX File for your chosen walk from our website to use on these devices. (Please note that the GPX Files are for personal use only and must not be published on any other platform)