The Cuckoo Trail

  • The Cuckoo Trail, near Heathfield
  • Traffic free cycle trail
  • Picnic areas en route
  • Scenery on The Cuckoo Cycle Trail
Riding Skill Level Rating
Family Cycling 2

All Weather Rating: 5/5

Cost To Ride: Free, parking: various.


The Cuckoo Trail is an 11 mile section of dis-used railway line connecting Heathfield, Horam, Hellingly, Hailsham, Plogate and Eastbourne. The trail cuts through town and countryside and is a mix of Tarmac and gravel surfaces.


The trail gently climbs 400 meters from Eastbourne to Heathfield, so choose you direction carefully! The towns en route act as great marker points, so if you want to try the trail in sections you can start/finish in different towns. There are also regular markers telling you how far the next town is. Nice touch. 

Although other websites claim The Cuckoo Trail to be traffic free, the town sections do negotiate roads, and although most are quiet suburban, the section through Hailsham was busy and not safe for younger cyclists. The majority of The Cuckoo Trail however is traffic free, with some lovely countryside to be enjoyed. There are also benches and picnic spots dotted along the trail providing stop-off points to soak in the tranquility that we often miss in our day-to-day lives. If the kids allow...

How Do I Get To The Cuckoo Trail?

Heathfield: the A265 will take you into the hight street, take Station Road which is on your right heading southbound, left if you're heading northbound. The best carpark to use is the Newnham Way carpark (TN21 8DA) - free for 23 hours

Eastbourne: The trail starts on the B2191 just south of the Premier Inn (BN23 8AL)