Situated between Bexhill-on-Sea and Hastings, Combe Valley Countryside Park is a haven for wildlife and visitors alike. Combining wooded wilderness with farmed and managed land, and containing land controlled by three different regional authorities, it is a superbly managed and provisioned park, with extensive user facilities, educational literature and access provision. All this, set between the beautiful sweep of the South Downs and views of the English Channel. The park includes Bulverhythe beach, which has its own ecosystems as well as a lovely spot to look out to sea.
Created to create a haven of green space for residents of the nearby conurbations of Bexhill-On-Sea and Hastings, development of the park is managed in partnership between East Sussex County Council, Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council.
The park features an extensive network of cycle paths, walking routes and bridleways for equestrian pursuits. Its location ensures that there are dramatic vistas, but also a wealth of flora and fauna, in a mix unique to this down lands habitat. Helpfully, the park provides spotters’ guides to much of this, from butterflies to fungi, and including many of the main bird species, but the diversity is such that you’re bound to happen across something special, so more in-depth knowledge or books will always come in handy.
Habitats include grassland, scrub and woodlands as well as areas of open fresh water. Bulverhythe beach provides tide pools as well as areas of sand and shingle.
The park contains the Combe Haven Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and the Filsham Reed bed Local Nature Reserve (LNR) which is managed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. The considerable diversity of flora and fauna includes a nationally important population of dragonflies. The park is well served by local catering access and is easily reached from Bexhill, West St Leonards and Crowhurst railway stations as well as local bus services and the A259.