|There are a few of these signs in The Seven Sisters Country Park|
We started off in the seaside resort of Eastbourne just across from The Grand Hotel. As long as you follow the coastal route, you cannot go wrong.
Our first challenge was to ascend Beachy Head. This is not part of the Seven Sisters series, but if walking from Eastbourne, it is something that has to be conquered! Beachy Head is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 metres above sea level, this explains why it is notorious for it's spate of suicides.
If your fitness, is anything like mine (i.e. practically non-existent) you'll be puffing and panting all way to the top. It will leave you begging for mercy. Fortunately, this represents the most arduous climb of the walk and while the other cliffs are hardly plain sailing, they are certainly more manageable!
|View from Beachy Head with Eastbourne in sight|
|The View Ahead from Beachy Head|
|Looking at Beachy Head and Lighthouse|
|Heading towards Belle Tout(e) Lighthouse|
|The view from Belle Tout(e) Lighthouse|
|Birling Gap: A perfect spot for lunch|
- Went Hill
- Bailey's Hill
- Flat Hill
- Flagstaff Point
- Brass Point
- Rough Brow
- Short Brow
- Haven Brow - last and highest of the Seven Sisters
|Cuckmere Haven : At the foot of the Seven Sisters|
|The Cuckmere Valley, heading towards Exceat|
Depending on energy levels from here, you can take the 12/12A bus back to Eastbourne. If you want to challenge yourself further you can continue in the direction of Seaford for approximately 4 miles. This means crossing the Exceat Bridge and following the Cuckmere River on the opposite side.
|On the other side of Cuckmere Haven, heading towards Seaford|
Trains are not direct from Seaford to Eastbourne but you can change at Lewes.
Throughout the year, Metropolitan Walkers lead walks in the South Downs, consult their website for further details.
Alternatively, use Time Out Country Walks which provides a detailed guide of a similar walk in the area.
Trains are direct from Victoria to Eastbourne
Distance from Eastbourne to Exceat is 10 miles
Distance from Eastbourne to Seaford is 14 miles
For the whole outing and longest walk, allow 12 hours for travel, food and walk.
Do you have any favourite walks? I'd love to know more about your choices!