Centuries of smuggling history and a pilgrimage to the Holywell Spring are just a few of the walks to be revealed at Eastbourne Walking Festival this September.

Featuring more than 50 free walks, keen ramblers can enjoy a spot of mindfulness, as well as Nordic walking, historical outings, nature and even a brand new art trail.

The free walking festival which runs from 17 – 26 September will see Heritage Manager Jo Seaman guiding walkers from the Beachy Head Story through hidden coombes, while pointing out archaeological discoveries and popular smugglers haunts from the 18th and 19th century.

Andrew Durling from Eastbourne Pilgrimage Project, will also be revealing part of the ancient Old Way pilgrimage path to Canterbury, while visiting Neolithic sites and the recently excavated Holywell Spring.

Other walks will highlight Eastbourne’s strong aviation links including the site of a WWI airship station and a WWII aerodrome, while bronze age burials will be revealed at the idyllic Crowlink.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “Walkers have never been more keen to put their best foot forward and our walk leaders have certainly managed to put on a fascinating and varied programme of walks this year, from gentle rambles and  strolls along the prom, to challenging hikes across the Downs.”

Artist Fenya Sharkey, will be leading a walk to the brand new Garden of Delights sculpture trail, which features an art trail across seven allotments.  Urban walks will also celebrate Eastbourne’s ‘East End’, Old Town gardens and cemetery, the history of Ratton Estate – the former home of Lord Willingdon and Eastbourne’s ‘Radical History’.

Eastbourne Walking Festival returns from 17 – 26 September, walks are free and must be booked in advance.  To book visit www.EastbourneWalkingFestival.com