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There's lots of green in Hastings if you know where to look. Part of the Old Roar Ghyll section of the proposed Conquest to Alexandra Park greenway route (photo: HGG).

There’s lots of green in Hastings if you know where to look. Part of the Old Roar Ghyll section of the Conquest to Alexandra Park greenway route.

Join the greenway walk from the Conquest this Saturday!

Now that spring has officially arrived, a new season of travelling the Hastings Greenway kicks off this Saturday. Brush the mud off your walking boots, oil your bike and join members of Hastings Greenway Group as they continue their campaign for safe, vehicle-free and environmentally friendly routes around town. Nick Terdre reports, images from Hastings Greenway Group (HGG).

Saturday’s walk will follow the route from the Conquest Hospital on The Ridge down to Alexandra Park and back. It’s one of five routes proposed for the local greenway network which are detailed in a leaflet and map produced by HGG.. The routes are:

  1. Bexhill to Hastings Country Park coastal route
  2. Silverhill to Bexhill-Hastings link road (Combe Valley Way)
  3. Alexandra Park to Conquest Hospital
  4. Ore Valley
  5. Hastings railway station to the seafront cycleway

arch 350“We are launching the map at Saturday’s walk and we’re hoping for a good turn-out,” says HGG chairman Tony Polain. The group next aims to produce a leaflet for each walk plus a phone app.

East Sussex County Council had promised to help with funding for the leaflets but then changed its mind on the grounds that if anyone got injured using one of the routes they might sue the county council, in spite of all the routes being in their Walking and Cycling Strategy and largely already public rights of way, Tony adds.

“We suggested that they put in a disclaimer or changed the wording. We even took out £10 million worth of public liability cover, but they won’t discuss it further. Sustrans [the walking and cycling charity] were equally useless.”

logo 350The route down from the Conquest is fairly straightforward and should be fine for most people. Although the Old Roar Gill section is a bit more challenging and, Tony says, not suitable for buggies or people with disabilities.

Walkers and cyclists are asked to meet at the Coffee Box cafe at King’s Church at 2pm on Saturday 30 March.

HGG’s next walk will be through the Ore Valley on 28 April.


HGG website and FB page.

Posted 11:06 Friday, Mar 29, 2019 In: Campaigns

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    Thank you for your support

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