The Combe Valley Countryside Park spans an area of around 2.3 square miles (equivalent to approximately 1480 acres) between the towns of Hastings and Bexhill. It offers ample opportunity for public enjoyment and recreation, with a network of paths and trails accessible to visitors.
While half of the land is privately owned and farmed, the other half is owned by Hastings, Rother or East Sussex. Two Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are located within the park, which boasts an impressive diversity of wildlife, including over 2,456 recorded species, several of which are rare.
In addition to its diverse flora and fauna, the park’s central valley floods in the winter, providing a haven for waterfowl such as ducks, geese, herons, and egrets. During the summer, dragonflies and other insects abound, and many different aquatic and wetland plants flourish. Raptors like kestrels and buzzards are also a common sight as they hunt in the valley.
Notably, the park includes a 2-mile stretch of coastline at Bulverhythe, extending from Galley Hill in Bexhill to St Leonards. This stunning coastal scenery is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the area.