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.
Exploring East Sussex on foot allows you to fully appreciate the region’s scenic diversity, both along the coast and inland countryside. Even better, bring your four-legged companion along to partake in the area’s bounty of dog-friendly trails perfectly suited for walking. We’ve compiled some of our favorite East Sussex dog walks, all tested and tail-waggingly approved after adventures with our own Dougal. You and your pup are spoiled for choice when it comes to idyllic trails to discover together.
Best leisurely walk in dog friendly East Sussex – Seaford Bay
One top pick is the coastal route at Seaford Bay, with ample space on the shingle for dogs to roam freely. Venturing to Seaford Head reveals the iconic white cliffs this region is famed for. The seafront also offers great dining options for refueling post-walk.
Did you know? Seaford Bay provides prime viewing for the ferries crossing between Newhaven and Dieppe.
Length of walk: Up to 4 easy miles (6.4km) if walking the seafront.
Type of walk: Easy, flat terrain along the seafront.
Best for: Shorter walks and foodies who will appreciate meal stops after.
See more of East Sussex’s dog-friendly beaches for more shoreline roaming.
Best stately home walk in dog friendly East Sussex – Petworth House
Meander through the Capability Brown designed grounds of one of Sussex’s finest stately homes. The sprawling 700 acre park welcomes dogs year-round in the Deer Park and Pleasure Gardens. Ramble as long as you like on the flat terrain.
Did you know? Petworth’s 3rd Earl of Egremont was a devoted spaniel enthusiast.
Length of walk: As long as desired
Type of walk: Easy walking on flat paths
Best for: Well-mannered pups content on a lead while you tour the famed art collection.
See more about visiting Petworth with your dog.
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Best views on a walk in dog-friendly East Sussex – Ditchling Beacon to Devil’s Dyke
One of East Sussex’s highest points, Ditchling Beacon rewards climbers with some of the best panoramic views in southeast England. The trail also treats you to wildflowers and windmills before finishing at the scenic Devil’s Dyke beauty spot.
Did you know? Climbing Ditchling Beacon is just one compelling reason to book a cottage holiday in East Sussex. Discover more.
Length of walk: 7 miles (11.2km) linear
Type of walk: Mostly hilly terrain, allow 3 hours
Best for: Energetic pups who can handle the ascent and take in the sights.
Get more details on this dog-friendly Ditchling Beacon walk.
Best forest walk in dog-friendly East Sussex – Ashdown Forest
This 14.5 mile circular route in one of England’s largest woodlands takes you past 11 of the forest’s iconic Scots pine clumps. Sitting atop gentle hills, the clumps offer panoramic East Sussex and Kent views. Join anywhere along the loop and walk as much or little as desired. It starts at the Ashdown Forest Centre.
Did you know? The clumps were immortalized as the Hundred Acre Wood in AA Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh.
Length of walk: 14.5 mile (23.2km) circular route
Type of walk: Mostly flat but long, allow 6 hours for the full circuit.
Best for: Dogs with stamina for lengthy rambles.
Learn more about exploring Ashdown Forest with your dog.
The best dog-friendly accommodation in East Sussex
To fully experience East Sussex’s abundance of dog walks, choose a self-catering rental that allows canine companions. Our cottages located along the dog-friendly Camber Sands beach provide the ideal homebase.
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