Friday 20th of August 2021
The importance of exercise in our everyday lives is something we are constantly reminded of. However, getting your sport in doesn’t have to be a drag, particularly in East Sussex. The county is bursting with a variety of sporty activities, for those who like a quiet afternoon to themselves, a sporty date, or even an event for all the family! Nestled in a beautiful corner of the world, East Sussex does truly deliver on sport activities, regularly offering spectacular views and nature alongside them.
The main spectacular offering of East Sussex is the 31-mile long 1066 walk. Covering many towns, villages and a whole lot of nature, the route follows through the route of the Norman invaders many years ago. Beginning at Pevensey, making your way through Battle and finishing in the historic town of Rye provides the ultimate sport-seekers trip. The 1066 walk delivers a well-rounded and insightful experience, as well as being one of the best ways to see the beauty that the county has to offer. The route is broken into 6 sections, each taking 3-4 hours, walking through much of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as offering many pubs, villages and hotels along the way.
For those who love to cycle, love a long relaxing walk, or for families who are seeking a fun-filled sporty day out for all, both the Cuckoo Trail and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve offer just that. The Cuckoo Trail’s 14-mile path is surfaced and mostly traffic free, making it the perfect place for all the family. Ideal for cycling, it stretches from Heathfield, through Horam, Hailsham Polegate and Shinewater Park. With many places to park along the way, the Cuckoo Trail is highly diverse and adaptable depending on how far you are wanting to cycle, walk or run. Similarly, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve boasts a long, level path, which sweeps from Rye all the way through to Fairlight if you wish to go that far. Running alongside the beach, this reserve provides a fresh sea breeze, as well as the possibility for a quick trip on the beach if you wanted to rest, or even just go for a swim! A café at both ends is the perfect place for a pit-stop for your young ones, or a romantic coffee for two in the cooler winter months, but either way, they’re both great routes for cycling and walking in East Sussex.
A more children-focused sporting activity in East Sussex would be Knockhatch Adventure Park in Hailsham. As well as its opportunities with animals, feeding, petting and learning about them, the site actually offers many activities ensuring a busy and exciting day for your children. Appropriate for all ages, Knockhatch offers a variety of activities, from
bouncy pillows, avalanche slides, crazy golf, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, and a boat lake – the best activity for all the family! Knockhatch offers the perfect day out for families, and children of all ages are sure to enjoy the variety of activities and more that are on offer.
TOP TIP: If you are headed to Knockhatch Adventure Park, particularly in the school holidays, tickets can be bought online to help try to avoid queues and ensure all the family can get in!
Last but most definitely not least, Camber’s Kitesurf Centre offers a fun and adventurous sporty day out. The centre is for both kites and water sports, offering a variety of activities to suit everyone. Kitesurfing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, and Adventurous Group Activity Days are all on offer and more. Anyone aged over 8 can participate in activities, including having lessons, meaning whether you are just beginning to learn or are well practised, the Kitesurf Centre is a great place for you. More details can be found online about what they can offer, as well as finding out more about the exciting variety of watersports you can explore! A great way to get out and about in East Sussex, especially in the hot weather.