Walking the low-tide shoreline of Kent & Sussex

I love Ordnance Survey maps. They take you to a different world that is actually just around the corner from home. One sunny October day in 2011, OS map 123 Eastbourne & Beachy Head led me along the foreshore from Birling Gap to Cuckmere Haven, returning over the Seven Sisters. Little did I know, this stunning hike was to be the first of 66 adventures walking the shoreline of Kent & Sussex.

Taking several years to complete, each walk averaged just under nine miles covering approximately 286 miles of shore, 588 in total. Every outing was governed by three factors – tide times, accessibility and work. Yes, the odd bit of work.

If I could sum up walking the low-tide shoreline of Invicta and We wunt be druv in one word, it would have to be – shingle. Miles of knee knackering, ankle twisting and strength sapping shingle. Wooden sea defences were also a constant pain in the groyne.

During my roams, it was fun to meet people of all ages from all avenues of life enjoying their passions, most with a little story to tell.

My heartfelt thanks to my now missus, Stella. Her love of the outdoors made many a walk much more interesting. And Andy, a great friend whom on a couple of occasions, I nearly brought about his demise. But, if it doesn't kill you…

WALKS 1 TO 10 (1)

Shoreline walks 1 to 11

WALKS 11 TO 20

Shoreline walks 12 to 22

WALKS 21 TO 30

Shoreline walks 23 to 33

WALKS 31 TO 40

Shoreline walks 34 to 44

WALKS 41 TO 50

Shoreline walks 45 to 55

WALKS 51 to 66 (5)

Shoreline walks 56 to 66