Coastal Cycle Route
The Hastings to Bexhill coastal connection route will link to the National Cycle Network Route 2 and complete a vital link between the towns. This magnificent seaside route with stunning coastal views stretches for 2km along beautiful coastline scenery and will run alongside the railway line, linking the two existing traffic-free paths Galley Hill in Bexhill and Hastings promenade, to form a 5km overall traffic free route.
This new coastal link between these two towns has been made possible due to the sea defence works. It will become the centre piece of a wider cycling network for the area, with new links to the proposed Combehaven Countryside Park in the north.
Many thousands of residents living in Bexhill and Hastings will benefit from this project, as local people will be able to make short, everyday local journeys between the two towns for leisure, to work, school and to the shops.
The Portrait Bench
Each new cycling and walking scheme will be part of a national art program, The Portrait Bench. Each bench will have three life-size local figures cut from weathered steel and installed behind, or in front of a simple bench.
The characters chosen from the Bexhill-Hastings route were:
Richard 'Boyley' Ball: Richard Ball was a talented young BMXer. Born and based in Hastings, he was an emerging talent on the international BMX scene. In 2001 he helped bring people together to work on the White Rock Skate Park. His memory has become a symbol of the local BMX and skate community, which organises an annual skate park jam to celebrate his life and raise thousands of pounds for the park in the process.
Tyrone Wildman: Originally from Jamaica, Tyrone Wildman was a well-known sportsman. A life member and club president of Sidley Cricket Club, he became one of the country's top natural body builders. He was also a fitness instructor at Falaise Fitness Centre.
Spike Milligan: A comedian, writer, actor and poet, best known for his work on the radio show The Goons in the 1950s. Spike Milligan was station at Bexhill during World War II and later lived in Rye. His poem 'On the Ning Nang Nong' was voted the UK's favourite poem in a national poll in 1998. Milligan is buried at St Thomas's Church cemetery in Winchelsea with the epitaph "I told you I was ill" on his headstone.