Priory Court Farm

Eastbourne, East Sussex, England

Priory Court Farm

Priory Court Farm offers a mixture of Bell tent and Shepherd Huts next door to a delightful cafe, spoil yourself to a variety of ice cream, smoothies, milkshakes, iced tea & coffee, Yoga and relaxation practice on weekends are available over the summer. The site is conveniently positioned on the picturesque Cuckoo trail. This 14 mile surfaced path through the Sussex countryside is mostly traffic free and is a safe route for walkers and cyclists of all ages, forming part of the National Cycle Network – route 21.

The picturesque trail follows the former ‘Cuckoo Line’ railway track and stretches from Heathfield to Shinewater Park. It passes through Horam, Hailsham and Polegate.

A green corridor with a host of natural wildlife. Some verges are managed for wild flowers, and trees cut to allow light to reach the ground. Other areas are wooded and shady. There are good views of the surrounding countryside and plenty of rest points. There are lots of opportunities to pick up refreshments just a short distance from the route.

There are benches, picnic tables and sculptures in wood and steel, as well as other artwork to look out for. Don’t miss the Victorian’s engineering skills in the brick arch bridges, between Hellingly and Horam and most striking example at Heathfield Tunnel.

The site is host to an array of wildlife. In May, look for butterflies such as the orange-tip. You might even see bullfinch, lesser whitethroat, cuckoos or weasels.

Listen for the laughing call of the green woodpecker and a host of other birds. There’s also wild garlic at several places between Hellingly and Horam with its pungent aroma. In early summer, orchids grow near path edges and under trees. There are no access restrictions for walkers, disabled users, cyclists or dogs, however consider and make room for other users. Cyclists should slow down or stop when necessary and dog owners should keep dogs under control. You can ride horses between Ghyll Road Heathfield to the A271 crossing at Horsebridge, and Ersham Road, Hailsham and Hampden Park.


Priory Court Farm, Sayerland Lane, Polegate, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN26 6QX