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East Dean to Birling Gap Circular Walk: East Sussex Days Out

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Best Walks in East Sussex: Where to Walk near Eastbourne

East Dean is a quaint village in East Sussex, and all the things I love about the UK can be clumped together during the circular walk from East Dean to the Birling Gap. A historic pub, lush countryside and stunning vistas across the South Downs to the Sussex coast. Oh and not forgetting the beach for a chance of a swim!

East Sussex has so many fantastic things to do and see and enjoyable walks to conquer, probably the best known being the longer Birling Gap to Eastbourne route. This takes you along the cliffs past Beachy Head and down to the coastal town of Eastbourne.

Howeverthe circular route I took from East Dean is less demanding and can be completed by most walkers of moderate fitness. This is also a dog-friendly walk.

The route, plotted by the National Trust is easy to navigate and delightful. It takes roughly 1hr 30 minutes and is approx 5km long.

If you want a longer walk, then you could start at  East Dean and continue to Eastbourne and walk back again, making it an 18km circular journey.

Join me on my photographic journey of East Dean Circular Walk.

How to Get to East Dean

Car: Parking in East Dean can be found near the Tigers Inn.

Bus: Number 12 from Eastbourne will take you to East Dean.

Train: London Victoria to Eastbourne takes approx 1hr 30 mins and then take the Number 12 bus or a taxi the rest of the way.

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What to See on the Walk

Tigers Inn dating back to the 16th century

Tigers Inn

Sherlock Holmes Cottage. The fictional detective’s retirement home.

The blue plaque reads Consultant Detective, and Bee Keeper retired here 1903-1917!

St Mary’s Church Friston 

East Dean Church

Views of the Sussex Downs

Sussex Downs

East Sussex Downs

Birling Gap Tea Rooms

Tea Rooms

Birling Gap Beach

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Once at the Birling Gap, you can have a delicious piece of homemade cake at the National Trust tearooms and a well-deserved rest. Maybe you fancy dipping a toe into the English Channel or even go the full way and have a swim.

Spend time on the beach or continue walking along the Seven Sisters Cliffs; leading to Beachy Head and the seaside town of Eastbourne.

The choice is yours for the taking. How about heading back to East Dean for drinks or a meal at the Tigers Inn. Or better still stay the night in one of the many quaint properties in the local area.

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About Author

Angela Price

Angie is a full-time travel writer with over 30 years of travel experience. She has always had a passion for travel, and after a 3-month world trip with her 18-year-old son, she created her popular travel blog to share her adventures with a wider audience. When Angie is at home in the UK, she enjoys exploring the English countryside, visiting castles and gardens and planning her next big adventure. Her motto is "Live Life Wandering not Wondering".

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