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Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve

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Introduction

The Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve has over 267 hectares of ancient woodland, heathland and grassland together with 3 miles (5km) of dramatic cliffs and coastline.  Lying within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, most of the park has been designated a Special Area of Conservation, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is a designated Local Nature Reserve.

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Information for visitors and wildlife enthusiasts

Find out what makes Hastings Country Park such an attractive prospect to visitors on the Wild Hastings blog

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The Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre houses a wealth of information about the wildlife and geology of the Country Park.  There is a touch table where visitors can pick up and feel objects from the natural environment and a range of displays that give more information about what makes Hastings Country Park such a special place.  We have a small number of publications for sale as well as a small selection of souvenirs.  You can also pick up our free events leaflet and site guide.

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School Groups

We cater for school groups, but please contact us before you come so that we can help you make the most of your visit.  We can open the Visitor Centre by arrangement outside the normal opening times and the Rangers can organise activities and guided walks for groups.  For more information regarding school visits please contact us.

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Opening Times

The Visitor Centre is open most weekends between 10.00am and 4.00pm in the winter and between 10.00am and 5.00pm in summer.  The Centre is also open most weekdays except Thursdays throughout the year and is staffed by Volunteer Rangers.  The Centre is not normally open when there is very severe bad weather and on some public holidays.

You can check if the Centre will be open by contacting the Rangers.

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How to Get Here

The Visitors Centre can be reached by car via the entrance off Fairlight Road just before Fairlight Church on Battery Hill.

It can also be reached by public transport by taking the 344 bus service between Hastings (Breeds Place) and Pett and getting off at Fairlight Church.  To reach the Country Park and the Visitors Centre from the bus stop, cross the road and walk down Coastguard Lane.  Please note that this is an hourly service running from Hastings at 22 minutes past the hour and there are no services on Sundays or Bank Holidays.

Alternatively, improve your health and take in the views by walking.

Follow the signs for the Firehills on the way, then the marked bollards once in the Country Park.  If you do walk, please remember to wear appropriate footwear such as walking boots and outdoor clothing suitable for the weather conditions.  

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