Norman's Bay/Cooden Beach

SWC Walk 66 Eastbourne to Bexhill

The big flat curve of low-lying of coast between Eastbourne and Bexhill has the great advantage of relative solitude. The best place to find this is Norman's Bay, a stop on the railway line between Eastbourne and Hastings that is served by a dozen or so trains Monday to Saturday. When you get off there are a few houses, a caravan park, a toilet block, and then the shingle beach. This is a good place to swim, with a gently shelving shingle beach.

  • For about 90 minutes either side of low tide, the sea retreats across flat sand. You can still swim at this time, but you may need to wade a long way out, and some patches of very soft mud can make this tricky.

  • You can also explore the strange landscape of the Pevensey Levels from here - plenty of footpaths cross this strange area of drained marshland, but you need a map to follow them

  • Cooden Beach is better only in being served by more trains: Bexhill beyond is disappointing.

  • Food and drink: The caravan site by Norman's Bay station has a shop, as does another one 500 metres to the south west, about 300 metres beyond the Martello Tower. The latter serves tea, coffee and even some pastries till 6pm daily. There is one pub, a little way to the east of the station along the main road (there is also a footpath route: go east along the road behind the beach and fork left up a track signposted as a footpath).

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