One of the best ways to explore East Sussex is on foot. Walking its paths and trails allows you to discover the beautiful and diverse scenery on the coast and inland. And even better in the company of your four-legged friend because in dog friendly East Sussex you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to a good walk. Here’s a selection of our favourite East Sussex dog walks, all tried and trusted by us in the company of Dougal.
Best leisurely walk in dog friendly East Sussex – Seaford Bay
East Sussex has several dog-friendly beaches including this one at Seaford Bay. There’s plenty of space to run about on the shingle and if you venture as far as Seaford Head you’ll discover the quintessential white cliffs that this part of English is so famous for. The seafront has good eateries too.
Did you know? Seaford Bay makes a great place to watch the ferries crossing the Channel between Newhaven and Dieppe.
Length of walk: up to 4 miles (6.4km), linear.
Type of walk: easy and even easier if you walk along the seafront!
Best for: dogs that like a shorter walk with a foodie treat at the end.
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Best stately home walk in dog friendly East Sussex – Petworth House
A stroll round the Capability Brown designed park allows you and your canine to get up close to one of the finest stately homes in Sussex. But you’re both mostly here for the park, all 700 acres of it. Dogs are welcome in the Deer Park and The Pleasure Garden all year round.
Did you know? One of the owners of Petworth, the 3rd Earl of Egremont, was a huge fan of spaniels.
Length of walk: as long as you like.
Type of walk: mostly flat terrain.
Best for: discerning dogs that don’t mind being on a short lead in the gardens or waiting while you admire the magnificent art collection inside.
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Best views on a walk in dog-friendly East Sussex – Ditchling Beacon to Devil’s Dyke
Ditching Beacon is one of the high points in East Sussex, literally and metaphorically. And it’s well worth the climb to enjoy some of the best views in southeast England. The walk will also treat you to wild flowers and windmills before you finish at Devil’s Dyke, one of the area’s true beauty spots.
Did you know? The chance to climb Ditchling Beacon is just one of the compelling reasons to stay at a holiday cottage in East Sussex. Discover the others
Length of walk: 7 miles (11.2km), linear.
Type of walk: mostly hilly. Allow 3 hours.
Best for: dogs that can bounce up hills and wait patiently while you admire the views.
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Best forest walk in dog-friendly East Sussex – Ashdown Forest
One of the largest wooded areas in this part of England, Ashdown Forest has a number of excellent walks. We’ve chosen the circular Clumps Walk that takes round 11 of the 12 ‘clumps’ in the forest. The 12 Scots pine thickets sit on gentle hills with great views of East Sussex and Kent. This walk starts at the Ashdown Forest Centre, but because it’s circular you can join it anywhere along the route and walk as much or as little as you like.
Did you know? AA Milne immortalised the Scots pine clumps in Winnie-the-Pooh.
Length of walk: 14.5 miles (23.2km), circular.
Type of walk: mostly flat terrain makes easy going but it’s a long walk. Allow 6 hours to walk the entire route.
Best for: dogs that have the stamina for long distance.
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The best dog-friendly accommodation in East Sussex
To get the most out of walking in East Sussex, pick a self-catering holiday cottage that welcomes dogs. Take a look at our collection, all located on the fabulous Camber Sands, a beach that you and your furry friend will love.
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