One of the best ways to experience East Sussex is by bike. The coastal cycle route takes you all the way from Hastings Contemporary to Towner Gallery and is traffic free from Hastings to Bexhill. Cycling is such a great way of taking the trail but we do advise that the stretch between Bexhill and Eastbourne is only suitable for over 12’s.

The Sussex Coastal Culture Trail Map & Guide is an illustrated map that shows you ways to cycle and walk the trail as well as places of interest. The map is available to buy at all three galleries or you can download a version here. Illustrated by Ben Phillips and produced by Bespoke Cycle Group and Hastings Urban Bikes.

This video has been produced by Robert Price from Bespoke. It shows the journey from Towner Art Gallery to De La Warr Pavilion and Hastings Contemporary. The purpose of the video is to demonstrate what a beautiful trail it is to experience on a bike but also points out some pinch points. We are working closely with Bespoke, Sustrans and the local authority to make this route safer for all abilities.


Bike hire

Bexhill Bicycle Hire, opposite the De La Warr Pavilion, and Let’s Bike in Southbourne Road, Eastbourne are operating a scheme whereby you can hire a bike from them and leave it at another stop on the trail. All you have to do is lock your bike at the designated bike racks at Hastings Contemporary, De La Warr Pavilion or Towner and hand the keys in to their reception.

Bexhill Bicycle Hire
Let’s Bike

Other bike hire places include Bell’s Bicycle and High Tide Cycle, both in Hastings.

Please note: bikes can only be dropped off during opening hours, at the following specified places:

Towner Eastbourne
Where to leave your bike: Bike racks directly behind Towner
When: Tuesday–Sunday 10am-5pm
Closed Mondays (with exception of Bank Holiday Mondays and during East Sussex school holidays)

De La Warr Pavilion
Where to leave your bike: Bike racks on the roadside, next to the auditorium
When: Open every day of the year, 10pm -5pm

Hastings Contemporary
Where to leave your bike: Stade – 5 bike racks at the Stade Hall (outside the loos)
When: Tuesday–Sunday 11am-5pm
Closed Mondays (with exception of Bank Holiday Mondays and during East Sussex school holidays)

Luggage collection

01424 247247 Taxis will transport your luggage from one end of the trail to the other while you travel along the Trail at the following set fares. Please call (01424) 247247 to book your preferred transport.

Start in Eastbourne, finish in Hastings
Eastbourne to Bexhill £25
Bexhill to Hastings £8.50
Eastbourne to Hastings £25

Start in Hastings, finish in Eastbourne
Hastings to Eastbourne £25
Hastings to Bexhill £8.50
Bexhill to Eastbourne £25