Downs and Weald

This long distance route takes you from London to Hastings. If the full 164 miles is too daunting, why not try a shorter section?

Starting from the Cutty Sark at Greenwich the route takes you on the Waterlink Way out through South London to Beckenham, continuing south to Crawley.

From Crawley the route splits: National Route 20 takes you straight down to Brighton from where you join National Route 2 heading along the coast to Eastbourne, while National Route 21 takes you east to East Groombridge on the traffic-free Worth Way and Forest Way.

From here the route turns southwards, joining the Cuckoo Trail at Heathfield on a virtually unbroken traffic-free route to Eastbourne.

From Eastbourne the route follows the coast to Hastings on National Route 2.

Would you like more route inspiration? Sign up to our enewsletter.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us to protect this route

The Downs and Weald Cycle Route is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

Share this page