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Cuckoo Trail

E Sussex

23 km / 14 miles
The Trail, following the line of a former railway which was in use until the 1960s, goes from Heathfield to Hampden Park, via Hailsham and Polegate. It takes in Hellingly and Horam through rolling countryside. South of Hailsham much of the route is suburban or close to busy roads and it is a multi-user trail for walkers, cyclists (National Cycleway 21) and (in part) horse-riders.

Opened in 1880, the Cuckoo Line was the Polegate to Eridge railway, carrying milk, livestock and animal feed as well as passengers. It was named the Cuckoo Line after the tradition that the first cuckoo of spring was heard at Heathfield Fair. Although it was a busy line it eventually closed due to the cuts made by Dr Beeching in 1968.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Cuckoo above named sign
Attributes: Easy
Former Railway
Cycle Route
Start: TQ581215 - Heathfield, E Sussex View on StreetMap
Finish: TQ617026 - Hampden Park, E Sussex View on StreetMap
Open Date: 1990
Web Sites: East Sussex CC - Cuckoo Trail The Cuckoo Trail

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download Cuckoo Trail  (East Sussex County Council  - 2018 ) Download
Guidebook Walking the disused railways of Sussex  (S B Publications  - 2004 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 199
OS Landranger Active 199
OS Explorer 124, 135
OS Explorer Active 124, 135

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Cuckoo Trail GPX Exchange Format Route File
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Cuckoo Trail Memory Map Route File
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Route Profile:

22.1 km (13.7 miles)
104 m (341 ft) ascent
153 m (502 ft)  maximum height

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