This is not a step by step description, the path is quite clear both on the map and on the ground. If there is a choice of route, always take the one that leads nearer to the sea.
This is my favourite walk, stunning views and great for getting my heart and lungs working!
The Saxon Shore Way starts at Hastings - at the bottom of East Hill. I take the bus from Fairlight to The Bourne and from there it is a short walk up past The Crown to the steps. It's quite a climb up the steps (yes I have counted them!), but definitely worth keep looking back to see the view unfurl.
There is an easy way to the top of East Hill of course but you will still have three very stiff climbs out of Ecclestone Glen, Fairlight Glen and Warren Glen before you return to Fairlight.
Now a nice easy walk across the top of East Hill, hugging the right hand path.
Eventually the path begins to drop down towards Ecclestone Glen.
The West side path into Ecclestone Glen is still officially closed due to a land-slip and no easy diversion around the land slip. There is only a barrier when walking West to East, walking the other way there is no barrier and the route is clearly being used on a regular basis. The land-slip itself is quite impressive but also quite obviously very dangerous in wet weather or after periods of heavy rain.
The view as you come down into Ecclestone Glen gives you sight of what you have to face walking out the other side. This is the smallest of the Glens, almost a ravine. There is a path here that follows the stream up the Glen - I must follow that one day.
As you get the the top coming out of Ecclestone Glen, it's great looking back to see where you have walked.
There is now at least a mile to reach Fairlight Glen, much like the top of East Hill. This is often the loneliest stretch of the walk, probably because it is the most remote from any road. The descent into Fairlight Glen seems to come upon you all of a sudden. Like all descents around here it is hard to keep concentration on your footing whilst you admire the scenery around you.
Fairlight Glen is a fairly wide glen and well trodden. The path climbing out to the East can get a bit waterlogged here but alternative routes through the undergrowth have been carved to get around those stretches. Some of the best views are behind you, don't forget to keep looking back. This is looking West into Fairlight Glen.
With the appearance of the gorse, you are now entering Firehills country. A quick foray towards the cliffs will reward you with more views, this is looking West towards Fairlight Glen.
Then you start the descent into Warren Glen. It starts almost the same as that into Fairlight Glen, but then quickly turns into a long slope that seems to go on and on. With no steps, please take care in wet weather or you may end up sitting on the ground!
There are steps coming out of Warren Glen though, the East side is much steeper. I've often seen the wild ponies and cattle here. At the top, looking back towards Warren Glen, you can now see East Hill in the far distance again.
As you come up to the Coastguard Station, the views are stunning and there is a huge sense of satisfaction as you walk down into Fairlight.
There is an alternative route from The Bourne to Fairlight that avoids all the Glens, you will miss the views but it has its own charm. I will describe that later.
I realise that not all of us are energetic enough for the climb up to see the views. Don't give up too hastily; a number of times, my partner and I have caught the 101 towards Hastings from the Cove or Waites Lane and alighted at the top of Battery Hill by the Church.
You then have a very easy walk along Coastguard Lane; passing the Coastguard Tearooms where a cup of tea with a piece of homemade cake is a temptation I have yet to avoid. Suitably refreshed, there is a gently descending hard surfaced path to those fantatstic views - see the Country Park link.
From there, the descent into Fyrsway or Channel Way is a little steeper but quite short and not at all arduous with a little care. Is this cheating, I don't think so - any walking is better than no walking.
Yes, it's the dreaded under construction sign!
I had the choice of either completing the entire site before publishing, or publishing what I have completed up until now. I have chosen the latter, I hope you will bear with me.