Hastings East Hill and the Country Park Walks


Views along the Hastings East Sussex Coastal Countryside
Views along the Hastings East Sussex Coastal Countryside


The steepest funicular railway still in operation in the UK, the East Hill Cliff Railway transports passengers to and from the beautiful Hastings Country Park with ease. Opened in 1903, the dramatic gradient offers those travelling impressive views over the Stade; Europe’s largest beach launched shipping fleet.

Now an electric line, it 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.



View from Rocklands Holiday Apartments over English Channel
View from the Apartments


Stunning views from the Rocklands Self Catering Holiday Aapartments


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.

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 which are home to wildlife ranging from rare liverworts to the flocks of peregrines, which call the cliffs home.

Walks through 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 artefacts being unearthed.


Luckily the Rocklands Holiday and Caravan Park is located within the Hastings natural park and these 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.

Hastings Country Park is home to some of the most stunning views in the region. The country walks that begin in the park take visitors around the stunning Hastings coastline. The main walk that can be explored by visitors takes them down the cliffs top.

The walk is perfect for those out to see the beauty of the region and cyclist 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.


Hastings Country Park Walks
Hastings 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 kilometres.

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 Self Catering – 5 Minutes from the Old Town