Hastings East Cliff in East Sussex

Google map showing area surrounding Hastings East Cliff
(Beautiful Views and peaceful Walks)
Location: 50.867640,0.614890
General Details
East Cliff from the stadeThe East Cliff is the start of the Firehills Country Park , which provides cliff top walks unbroken by roads to the village of Fairlight about 5 miles to the East.

The cliff top has been inhabited from the stone age to the present . The remains of a stone age encampment has been found, together with a Roman Outpost whose purpose was to warn of impending attacks ,or visits by cargo ships or Generals and Emperors from Europe.

The cliffs during the age of local smuggling were used to wreck vessels, this was carried out by placing false harbour lights on the cliffs which were used draw the victims onto the rocks ( see Fairlight ).

To get to the cliff top, you can walk the many flights of steps from the Old Town via the Tackleway to the top, or for those requiring an easier for of transport, you can take the cable railway from the harbour to the top. The Cable railway was built in the 1800's and was then powered by spring and rain water fed into a tank under the top carriage, whose weight took the top carriage down and the visitors up.
East Cliff Cable RailwayFrom the top of the cliffs on a clear day you can see the coast of France.

Walking from the cable railway towards Fairlight , you pass along the cliff top , which is very pretty. The area is also nice to take a picnic to, but be careful to take all your rubbish away with you, as the area is quite flammable in the summer.

Looking down on the old town is quite spectacular, with the old narrow streets and rooftops contrasting with the grass and the rocks of the West Hill .
There is only the cable railway to service the area, although an ice cream van can be found at the top in the summer.

Dog walkers and ramblers find the cliff top walk from Hastings to Fairlight absolutely fabulous on warm summer days.
Hastings East Cliff is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

(click on symbol to see the village page)
Village= Town= Recorded in Domesday=
Battle (William the Conqueror prevails)6.71 miles
Crowhurst (Village devastated by the Normans)
5.17 miles
Fairlight (Firehills and Views)
2.02 miles
Guestling (Changing guards at Buckingham Palace)
2.52 miles
Hastings Bulverhythe (Landing place of the citizens)4.14 miles
Hastings Old Town (The ancient Cinque Port)1.26 miles
Hastings Ore (Iron and the Turnpike)0.33 miles
Hastings Sea Front (Modern amusements,pier and promenade)3.40 miles
St Leonards on Sea (an Edwardian family's gentile resort)2.86 miles
Icklesham (Paul McCartney's Recording Studio)4.26 miles
Old Winchelsea (Abandoned after the Great Storm)6.24 miles
Pett (End of the Royal Military Canal)2.88 miles
Westfield (Bonfire Boys under suspicion)
3.33 miles
Winchelsea (Inland Cinque Port !!)5.75 miles
Winchelsea Beach (Holidaymakers and Henry VIIIs Fort)5.84 miles
Copyright Villagenet 1998-2024
Local Interest
Just click an image
World War 2 Vehicle database
For all things mosaic, commissions workshops etc please contact Hannah
Battle Museum of Local History
(Hard to find but worth the Visit)
The Bald Explorer for local documentaries
Hastings Area Archaeological Research Group
Wealden Iron Research Group
Hastings Rock the place to listen to
The Rudes as lots of people call us, are an outdoor touring theatre company specialising in taking new & original theatre to mainly small rural communities and a few towns across the South of England. We were founded in 1998 & first toured in the Summer of 1999. Currently we tour only in the summer performing 50+ times nightly during June, July & August.
Battle and District Historical Society
Ninfield History Group
Roman, Saxon and Norman History of the South East