Seven Sisters with a twist. Start at Seaford but just before Beachy Head we head north to the Friston Forest for more hills and more miles than the usual Eastbourne trail - 15 1/2 mile hike 850 meters of total ascent - Sunday March 17th (option to end at 8 miles using frequent bus service)
This is a long hilly walk of awesome natural beauty and variety. It is 8 out of 10 for toughness, so be please have a top level of fitness to hike this with our fast pace group. We start in the traditional Seaside town of Seaford. Warm up with a flat beach walk before ascending to the rolling cliffs of the Sussex coast. The trail then follows the valley floor down to the shingle beach and the mouth of the River Cuckmere. The highlight is the famous Seven Sisters rolling coastal chalk South Downs path. We stop for a picnic lunch in the village of West Dean. Spectacular sea views to right and rolling farmlands to your left. On our way back to Seaford we meander through the charming Friston Forest. If time allows we stop for cup of tea or a cheeky St. Paddy's pint on the final leg of our journey. Be aware the last 30-60 minutes may be in the dark and partially lit by street lights.
The Seven Sisters Area is a stunning combination of a wide variety of very different habitats, from steeply sloping chalk downland with its myriad of wild flowers and insects to the windswept coastline with rare and wonderful shingle plants and sheer chalk cliffs.
Picnic lunch at the half way point. Bring your own or you can pre-order
a packed lunch 24 hours in advance to collect from Whistlers, the cafe next to to Seaford station at £ 5.00. Email [masked] or call[masked]
Trains depart Victoria Station at 8:47 change at Lewes to Seaford train and arrive at 10:22
Post a comment and suggest a meeting place if you want to meet at Victoria Station for the group saver. Off-peak day return is £25.20 or £12.50 if you travel as party of 4 on a groupsaver. We should be back at Seaford train station just after 6:30pm for the 18:57 train to Victoria.
Car parking is available at West Street Car park for £ 2.00 all day. I know many of you will be driving from South London and Surrey so please post if you are willing to take passengers from your area. Passenger please help your driver with petrol by contributing £6-9 depending on distance.
Toilets are available at the start of the walk and 90 minutes into the walk.
Cost £8.50 for guided hike by trained Walking group leader and qaulified Wilderness First aider
What to bring:
• 1-2 litres of water
• Waterproof Jacket
• Long walking trousers - try to avoid jeans and cords as movement is restricted and water is asorbed
• Gaiters or waterproof over-trousers ( highly recommended)
• PACKED LUNCH
* Remember base layer and fleece.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT HIKING AND OUTDOOR CARDIO ACTIVITY CARRIES RISK OF INJURY AND DEATH. WHEN YOU RSVP YOU CONFIRM YOU ARE IN GOOD HEALTH AND ACCEPT THESE RISK. FURTHERMORE, YOU TAKE RESPONSIBILTY FOR READING ABOVE DESCRIPTION AND AGREE TO PARTICIPATE PROPERLY EQUIPED. NOTE THIS IS A VERY BRISKED PACE GROUP THAT MAY HAVE TO MOVE AHEAD IF YOU ARE ABLE TO KEEP UP.