You can join the Hastings Greenway Group this weekend and either on foot or by bike you’ll find out more about one part of the proposed Hastings Greenway Project.
Setting off from just outside the Asda store in Silverhill at 2pm this Saturday (Nov 17th) the walk will follow the route of the proposed Greenway heading across the Silverhill Juntion, down Beaufort Road and in to Alexandra Park. The walk will then cross the top of Shornden Reservoir and head to Upper Clarence Road before turning back in to the Upper Park and head down past the playground and across Harmers Lane, in to Lower park Road, across Dordrecht Way and down to the lower lake near the park gates.
The Hastings Greenway Project is an innovative network of linked almost traffic-free routes, that everyone can enjoy for leisure.
Starting at Hastings Town Centre the Greenway will ultimately run for ten miles to Ore, Silverhill, Hollington and Mayfield and the Conquest Hospital.
A Greenway is more than just an off road route for cyclists, walkers and people with disability scooters. Greenways are largely car-free, off-road routes connecting people to facilities, open spaces and countryside within and around our towns.
They are for shared use by walkers and cyclists and can be used by people in wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Fully developed Greenways often include amenities such as seating, planted areas and public art and may create a linear park effect or utilise an existing park.
Greenways create safe and direct routes in attractive settings. They provide a sustainable, environmentally friendly travel option for utility (getting to work, education or shopping) and for leisure and health purposes.
The draft Hastings Local Plan includes a network of proposed cycle routes that mostly follow the alignment of the Greenway route and a cycling and walking strategy is currently being drawn up by East Sussex County Council and Hastings Borough Council with HUB and Ramblers involvement.
There are a number of plans to connect Hastings, St Leonards and Ore to each other using greenway links.