Cuckoo Trail

This article is an itinerary.
The Cuckoo Trail at Cowden Wood, between Horam and Hailsham.

Cuckoo Trail is in East Sussex.


The Cuckoo Trail is an 11-mile (16km) surfaced track through the Sussex countryside. It is a safe route for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders of all ages. It follows the path of the old Tunbridge Wells to Eastbourne railway from Heathfield (although it is possible to cycle to Tunbridge wells from Heathfield using local roads (the route is well signposted). The railway line closed in 1963; along the route there are various station buildings, signals and other infrastructure left behind.

An extension runs south from Polegate to Hampden Park in Eastbourne forming part of a National Cycle Network route. Benches and picnic tables along the way offer plenty of places to stop for a break. All the towns and villages that the route passes through have at least a pub.

The route also links up with The Forest Way and forms part of the cycle route from London to Paris via Newhaven.


Have a well maintained bike and a puncture repair kit etc.; since there are limited bike shops and at certain times of the day and certain sections of the route, traffic can be a bit sparse.

Get in

Stay safe


Accommodation: Sussex Country Information Centre 01323 442667

This article is issued from Wikivoyage - version of the Thursday, August 15, 2013. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.