A series of heritage walking routes has been launched in Newhaven.

The three trails offer an opportunity to explore the fascinating stories and landmarks that have shaped the vibrant history of the town.

Southeast Communities Rail Partnership supported local volunteers and historian Dr Jenny Flood in the creation of the routes which include the railway history of the town.

The project has been funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and organised by Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA).

SCDA says: “These walking routes unveil the hidden gems and untold tales, nestled in the streets of Newhaven. From its maritime history to its pivotal role in local industry, each route provides a glimpse into the past. Participants will have the change to stroll through local neighbourhoods, visit landmark buildings and uncover anecdotes that bring the history of Newhaven to life.

“SCDA now have three maps available at Denton Island Community Centre, Newhaven Library and Newhaven Museum for you to enjoy.  You can also explore the accompanying research for each map, which will provide lots of additional information to support the walks, researched by our team of volunteers.”

Route One explores West Quay and beyond with the first part of the trail an accessible route along the West Quay. You can then choose to walk through to the beach and/or visit Newhaven Fort and Nature Reserve.

Route Two explores the east side of Newhaven and encourages you to think about the people, community and industry that were there.

Route Three explores the central part of Newhaven and raises your awareness of the people and places that have contributed towards the rich heritage of this fascinating town.

Click here for rail times and services at Newhaven Town station.