- 14 miles linear walk – plenty of options for shorter walks
- mainly level surfaced track, suitable for wheelchairs and buggies
- plenty of pubs, tea rooms and toilets
- accessible by bus and train
- cycle info from Sustrans
This 14 mile trail follows the former ‘Cuckoo Line’ railway track which stretches from Heathfield to Polegate. It passes through Horam, Hellingly and Hailsham. The cuckoo line opened in 1880 and was the Polegate to Eridge Railway. It was named the Cuckoo Line after the tradtion that the first cuckoo of spring was always heard at the Heathfield Fair. The last trains ran in 1968 following the famous Beeching Cuts.
The surfaced track is a safe family-friendly route for walkers, cyclists and horseriders. An extension runs south from Polegate to Hampden Park, near Eastbourne forming part of the National Cycle Network (Route 21). Benches and picnic tables along the way offer plenty of places to stop for a break.