Hastings East Hill and the Country Park Walks
For those visitors looking to walk through the stunning Hastings area, they can choose from four routes. Walkers will be able to complete a cliff walk, beach route, inland path, and the north seat. All have their own challenges and, in total, add up to around 13 kilometers.
Hastings East Hill is full of amazing sites for tourists and plenty of wide-open spaces to explore. It has been an area attracting visitors for decades and continues to be one of the main draws to the area.
Hastings Country Park is home to some of the most stunning views in the region. The country walks that begin in the park takes visitors around the stunning Hastings coastline. The main walk that can be explored by visitors takes them down the top of the cliff.
The walk is perfect for those out to see the beauty of the region and cyclists are not permitted on the trail. The walk is a regular haunt of the area’s dog walkers, though dogs are to be kept under strict control.
East Hill Nature Park
As passengers alight in the park they are greeted with nature trails and footpaths which will allow them to explore the true beauty of the area. Set within High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, visitors will find gorse-covered glens that are home to wildlife ranging from rare liverworts to the flocks of peregrines, which call the cliffs home.
Walks through the park may also offer up clues to the area’s long history. The archaeological finds in the region date back to the Palaeolithic period, as well as Iron Age, Medieval and World War II artifacts being unearthed.
The East Hill Railway
The East Hill Cliff railway in Hastings opened in 1903 and provides breath-taking views of Hastings’ Old Town and Rock-a-Nore. Beloved by locals and sought out by tourists, the funicular provides the area with much of its identity.
One of two funiculars in Hastings, The East Hill Cliff Railway is the more fascinating of the two. The East Hill funicular takes passengers up the cliff to Hastings Country Park, a beautiful nature reserve covering 660 acres. While the West Hill funicular still retains its wooden Victorian structure, the East Hill Cliff Railway has its own special charm.
Now an electric line was originally operated using a water balance with the upper station housing large water tanks in its two towers. Fully refurbished in 2010, the line is now a quick, reliable and comfortable route.
Although controversial with some residents during its inception in the late 19th Century, the railway is now, along with its counterpart on the West Cliff, a source of local pride and a symbol of the town’s history. With return tickets costing £2.60 for adults and £1.60 for concessions, the railway is a convenient and enjoyable way to access the Hastings Country Park.
Self Catering Apartments Next to the East Hill
Luckily the Rocklands self catering apartments is located right next to the East Hill and the Hastings nature park so the superb walks are right on our doorstep. Visitors staying at the Rocklands Self Catering Holiday apartments enjoy this privileged position by East Hill, the funicular and the many stunning walks.
Self Catering Hastings – 5 Minutes from the Old Town