Wealden District Council encourages people to explore the Cuckoo Trail

People in the local area are being encouraged to get out and explore the Cuckoo Trail this spring.

image of the cuckoo trail path with some trees and grass verges in the backgroundWealden District Council, which owns a vast stretch of the path, is promoting the Trail on local radio and in magazines. The council recognises the many physical and mental health benefits of outdoor activities and is promoting the Cuckoo Trail as a safe and accessible route for walking, running and cycling.

The Cuckoo Trail is a 14-mile path that runs from Heathfield to Polegate and Eastbourne, passing through some of the most picturesque countryside in Wealden. The Trail is mainly flat and off-road, making it an excellent option for people of all ages and abilities  to be active and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Councillor Philip Lunn, the council’s Commercial, Economic Development and Leisure portfolio holder, said, “The Cuckoo Trail is an ideal place for people to be active and enjoy the great outdoors. It’s a beautiful route, offering stunning views and a chance to see wildlife and nature up close. We want to encourage people to take advantage of this great resource as spring approaches and explore the trail at their own pace.”

Here are some top tips for people to make the most of the Cuckoo Trail:

  • Start slow and build up your endurance
  • Wear comfortable shoes with non-slip soles and use walking aids, if necessary
  • Bring water and snacks to stay hydrated and energised
  • Choose a companion for company and motivation or take a mobile phone
  • Enjoy the scenery and appreciate the beauty of the Trail

A masterplan is currently being developed for the Cuckoo Trail which will deliver improvements over the next few years. The project is fully funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is part of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda which gives local authorities the opportunity to improve pride of place and increase life chances by investing in communities, supporting local businesses and people.

For more information about the Cuckoo Trail, visit

To hear the radio advert being aired on Ashdown Radio and Hailsham FM in March and April go to or