Have you tried the Slater Trail - walk in the footsteps of the Seaford artist Eric Slater. A circular walk from the Martello Tower through landscape which inspired the artist Eric Slater (1896-1963), who lived for most of his life in Seaford. A keen walker, he developed an intimate knowledge of the surrounding countryside and loved to observe the cliffs, sea and sky. A leaflet is available from the Tourist Office, The Museum (in the Martello Tower) and the Library.
A series of eight site specific interpretation panels have been installed around the district as part of the Newhaven Town Council’s Heritage Lottery funded project 'Newhaven's First World War'. During the First World War, Newhaven became one of the major supply ports to the Western Front. The number of soldiers at the Garrison increased to over 4,000, the Boys’ School (Hillcrest Centre) was converted into a Military Hospital and a Seaplane Station was built on the beach between the East Pier and Tide Mills.
The interpretation panels, collectively known as ‘The Poppy Trail’, tell stories about how the war affected Newhaven and the people who lived and worked here. Find out what it was like to be a 'Tommy’ encamped on the downs over-looking the Fort, or the dangers faced by the young pilots of the seaplanes that patrolled the coast from Newhaven looking for U-boats. What role did the railways and ferries play during the war? How did the war impact on the daily lives of the people who lived here?
This walk starts from the small town of Seaford on the Sussex coast, initially following the Vanguard Way before joining the South Downs Way at the village of Exceat on the banks of the Cuckmere River. The walk then continues through the Seven Sisters Country Park, over the famous Seven Sisters cliffs to Birling Gap, where there is a small beach. After Birling Gap there is a climb onto the spectacular Beachy Head and then a choice of paths from there into Eastbourne. Other SDW way walks around Seaford include Seaford to Southease and Eastbourne to Exceat.
The Vanguard Way is 66 miles (107 km) long. It starts on the southern outskirts of Greater London and passes through the counties of Surrey, Kent and East Sussex. In reverse it can be started near Newhaven Harbour Station and passes the edge of Seaford at the Buckle (at the west end of the promemade near the sailing club). Follow the Exercise Path in reverse from Tide Mills and learn about Seaford as you pass through.
John Harris's Walking in Sussex has a number of great walks in the Seaford and Alfriston area with free downloads to take with you.
The National Trust also publish a walk around Seaford starting at the South Barn.
The Rathfinny Estate, just to the north of Seaford on the road to Alfriston also has a delightful estate trail. More details on the estate's website where you can also download a map.