Get on your walking shoes for a three-day festival!

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Get on your walking shoes for a three-day festival!

A three-day festival is being held in Eastbourne and Lewes to encourage people to get out and about and discover the joy of walking.

The Eastbourne and Lewes Walk Fest, from Friday September 29 to Sunday October 1, is a series of free walks designed for all ages and abilities, graded in ease and difficulty, with a guide to mileage and times they will take to complete.

The event has been organised by Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council to mark the launch of a new interactive website for residents and visitors to discover new walks, add some strolls of their own, or to find out about walking groups in the local community.

The aim of the walks is to act as a springboard to an ongoing promotion of walking for health, interest, fun and general well-being.

Walks include a two-and-a-half mile Stones & Bones walk in Lewes, following in the footsteps of famous fossil hunter Gideon Mantell, and a three-mile hidden heritage walk in Eastbourne. If you fancy something more vigorous, there are longer rambles from five to 12 miles over the South Downs.

The festival finishes with a walk to Beachy Head, the mid-point between both areas, and a special walk-inspired film screening at the new Depot Cinema in Lewes on October 1 (

Chair of Lewes District Council, Cllr Stephen Gauntlett, said: “From historic Lewes town to the iconic cliffs in Seaford and Eastbourne through to the River Ouse, the Eastbourne and Lewes Walk Fest invites you to find out more about the culture, history and landscapes of one of the country’s most stunning regions. 

“It’s a great opportunity to meet other walkers, promote your own walking group or trail, to walk in a group for the first time or to find out more about walking events, special trails and self-guided walks in your area.”

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