SWC Walk 60 Eastbourne to East Dean
SWC Walk 66 Eastbourne to Bexhill
Eastbourne's reputation as a haven for the elderly is not undeserved: the nightly summer concerts at the town's immaculate seafront bandstand are like something out of the 1950s, and everyone watching the performance seems to be grey-haired. At the other end of the scale, the town is also host to hoards of teenage language students, who congregate on the beach in the evening.
- At high tide make sure you don't bang into the underwater part of the groynes (wooded sea-defences, going horizontally out from the shore).
- There is quite a brisk current flowing parallel to the shore, so be careful if swimming beyond the end of the groynes.
- A couple of hours either side of low tide, the sea retreats across a flat sand and mud bottom. At the Beachy Head end of the beach this is quite unswimmable due to rock (though interesting to explore for marine life): but nearer the pier it creates a lovely shallow sea you can wade out into for quite a distance.
- Food and drink options are obvious near the pier: there are now some rather smart seafront cafe/bars on the promenade. At the Beachy Head end of the prom, there is also a cafe, tucked away in the corner of a park. The Qualisea fish and chip shop in Terminal Road, the main shopping street leading inland, is recommended.