A loop through the old fishing quarter of Hastings, nestled between two hills. Old half-timbered houses from the 15th and 16th century. Pathways and stairways connecting sloped streets and views over the town and the sea. Fishing boats are lined up on the pebbles along the beach of this significant fishing port. The net huts, lined up like giant beach huts, are unique to Hastings.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From All Saints Church, turn left, down towards the sea via All Saints' Street (old half-timbered houses from the15th and16th centuries). Pass the Cheddar slice shaped house, and continue to Crown Lane.
(1) Keep going about fifty meters to Eastbourne Street to admire a beautiful house on the corner. Double back. Turn right to go up (East) on Crown Lane and, at Tackleway, take the stairs opposite leading to the East Hill cliff railway: viewpoint.
Return to Tackleway, turn left, all the way to a dead end then down the stairs to Rock-a-Nore road. Turn left (East) and follow the street past the net huts, unique to Hastings, to the Fishermen's Museum.
From there, double back, cross the miniature railway South, towards the sea. Go West along the rails then, at the RNLI building (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), head South towards the pier. Head towards the beach to reach the pier. Notice the large fishing fleet, with no a real port.
(2) Go straight back towards the town (RNLI), at The Bourne (large building with toilets). Cross East Parade and take the pathway towards East Street, near the London Trader Pub (look at the small gardens decorated with various objects).
(3) Follow East Street and, at its end, take High Street to the right for 20 m, to Saint George Street which you take on the left (West). Pretty Pedestrian Street lined with half-timbered houses, full of original shops, restaurants, pubs… (At the entrance to Saint George Street, on High Street, a pathway leads up to West Hill).
(4) A little before the end of the street, take the West Hill funicular on the right (possibility of climbing on foot, via the Saint George or High Street pathways). Once at the top of the funicular, turn right due East.
(5) Find the start of Cobourg Place Passage, near the houses on the edge of the hill. This pathways descends by stairs, veers right and arrives at Croft Road. Follow Croft Road to the left (North - East), pass the church and, 100m, at the turn, take the path opposite to Sinnock Square which leads back to High Street.
Turn right to Saint George Street and retrace your steps, via Courthouse Street, in order to hunt for second-hand goods, plentiful in this sector. Continue on High Street, heading North-East, which leads to Old London Road (A259) and The Bourne Road.
Go right down The Bourne Road for 30m, and bear left onto Harold Street to find the parking lot next to All Saints Church (D/A).
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 79ft - All Saints Church
1 : mi 0.29 - alt. 46ft - Crown lane
2 : mi 1.13 - alt. 0ft - Pier
3 : mi 1.39 - alt. 26ft - Pathway to East Street
4 : mi 1.59 - alt. 49ft - Funiculaire West Hill
5 : mi 1.83 - alt. 125ft - Cobourg Place Passage
D/A : mi 2.53 - alt. 79ft - All Saints Church
Car park :
Park near All Saints Church, a few spaces are available next to the Stables Theatre. Parking spaces near the church, along Harold road and Old London Road (A259) before The Bourne. Otherwise, large paying car park on Rock-A-Nore (fisherman's beach after (1)).
If you arrive by train, start the hike at the foot of the West Hill Funicular (4) and end at Old London road (High street and All Saints Street junction).
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Pleasant hike that crosses through pastures, crops, apple orchards and some vineyards. The majority of the circuit is along grassy paths. When crossing pastures, don't forget to close gates behind you.
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