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Newhaven Heritage Routes

Discover the rich history of Newhaven with SCDA’s Newhaven Heritage Walking Routes.

Newhaven residents and visitors are invited to embark on an enriching journey through time with the launch of a series of local heritage walking routes. Developed by local historian Dr Jenny Flood, and a team of local community members, our three trails offer an opportunity to explore the fascinating stories and landmarks that have shaped the vibrant history of Newhaven.

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, 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 (the routes can also be downloaded below).  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.

The trail maps were illustrated by local illustrator and photographer Alex Lake, and are designed to be accessible to walkers of all ages and abilities, with options for self-guided exploration or groups walks (see our Instagram page @newhavenheritage). Whether you’re a long-time resident or first time visitor, our three heritage walking routes promise an enjoyable journey through local history.

Route One explores West Quay and beyond the first part of this trail is 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.












You can read additional research for Route One here.

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

You can read additional research for Route Two here.


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.

You can read additional research for Route Three here.


Follow us on Instagram @newhavenheritage for updates on additional walks.  We are planning to deliver one Newhaven Heritage Route walk a month, led by volunteers. We hope to see you there!

Can you help?

We are in the process of training and recruiting volunteers who would like to help lead these walks.  If you would like to find out more – please contact Chris for further information, mobile 07796 869316 or email [email protected]

Follow us on Instagram @newhavenheritage, for updates on additional walks. We are hoping to deliver one Newhaven Heritage Route walk a month led by volunteers. Hope to see you there!

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.

Follow @HeritageFundUK on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund

Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for projects and more than 635,000 grants have been awarded across the UK.





Contact us

Contact Active Travel Hub

Denton Island Community Centre,
Denton Island, Newhaven,

Phone: 01273 517250

Email: [email protected]