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NBH Monthly Marathon Walk - The Seven Sisters 26 miles (41.8km)

"NBH Monthly Marathon"

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The Seven Sisters Marathon Walk

(Return: Seaford to Eastbourne)

26 miles miles (41.8km)

Join us for the best walk in the Southeast! A dramatic cliff walk passing Cuckemere Haven, the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head as the South Downs meets the sea. The walk will return back to Seaford.

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This classic cliff-top walk – one of the finest coastal walks in England – affords stunning (and very famous) views of the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters, and the renowned Beachy Head. There is quite a lot of climbing and descending on the walk – indeed, apart from the section around Cuckmere Haven, almost none of the route is flat – but somehow in the grandeur of the scenery the effort is not noticed.

The Seven Sisters is the name for the undulating cliffs between Cuckmere Have and Birling Gap. They are thought to have been formed by glacier meltwater at the end of the last Ice Age: the meltwater carved steep sided valleys, which were then truncated by sea erosion into the cliffs we see today.

The original Seven Sisters are the Pleiades, a group of seven stars which Greek mythology portrayed as sisters. There are in fact now only six Pleiades, one having exploded in antiquity, and from the approach to Cuckmere Haven there seem to be only six humps on the Seven Sisters too (the rise on which Belle Tout lighthouse stands, beyond the brown smudge of Birling Gap visible at this point does not count, as this is not part of the Seven Sisters).

But there are in fact seven: one is hidden from view from this angle. Or are there eight? Careful attention to the walk text will reveal that between Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap, you pass over eight hills in all – Haven Brow, Short Brow, Rough Brow, Brass Point, Flagstaff Point, Flat Hill, Baily’s Hill and Went Hill. So which one is not a real sister?

In 2002, a large piece of Beachy Head also fell into the sea, and the debris from this is still visible. The houses and hotel at Birling Gap are also likely to fall into the sea soon: erosion here is as fast as a metre a year, and pictures in the Exceat Visitors Centre show dramatically just how quickly the cliffs have retreated here over recent decades.

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Level: Intermediate - Medium Pace (7/10)

Length: 26 miles (41.8km)

Duration: 12hrs plus lunch stops

Start/End: Seaford Station

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Walks & Mileage Chart:
http://www.meetup.com/Natural-Born-Hikers/files/
The purpose of the Walk & Mileage chart is for you to keep track of your walks and distances covered. Your total distance covered will enter you into an exclusive Club 100, Club 300 and Club 500.
This is exclusive to NBH and offers a great prize for each Club.


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Food: National Trust café at Birling Gap or Bring Your Own Pack lunch

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Meeting Time: 6.30am.

Train departs from London Victoria at 07.06 and arrives at Seaford Station 08.44am. Returning to London Victoria at 21.27.

Meet: on the main concourse outside WHSmith (No. 34) and Café Nero (No. 30).
See: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/VictoriaStationMap.pdf

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Price includes:
Rail Travel and NBH costs

* * * Payment required when you RSVP * * *

NOTE: If you are paying via NBH Bank or GoCardless send me an email to confirm your payment and I will add you to the RSVP list.

£12.50 via NBH bank transfer
Payment for this trip can be made to the following account:
Account Name: NBH
Sort Code:[masked]
Account Number:[masked]
Reference:[masked] + Your Meetup Name.

or
GoCardless - £12.50
https://dashboard.gocardless.com/api/template_plans/0ERYZ5S4TX/paylink

or
PayPal - £13.50
If you are paying via PayPal please add £1 (£13.00) for PayPal charges.

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Please check the planned engineering works when planning your journey:

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/livetravelnews/planned-works/calendar/default.aspx

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NOTE: Please remember to change your RSVP if you are no longer able to make the event. No shows are recorded and may affect your RSVP status for future events. After three “no shows” you may be moved to the waiting list for events that are full.

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Things to bring:
Pack Lunch and energy Snacks
Water
Walking shoes / Boots
Compeed blister plasters
Head torch
Spare boot laces
Waterproof clothing (Jacket and trousers)
Suitable clothing for walking (no jeans)
Warm tops (layers)
Money (cash for lunch and drinks)
Camera (optional)

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NBH: Fun & Friendly London based International Hiking and
Outdoor Adventure Activities.

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NBH-Natural Born Hikers operate within:
The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

For more information:
http://www.dti.gov.uk/ccp/topics1/facts/package.htm

Look at the following site for the simplified explanation
http://www.travelwatchdog.com/Travel%20Regs.htm/

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IMPORTANT NOTE: NBH-Natural Born Hikers consider safety to be our number one priority and while we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.

NBH-Natural Born Hikers recommend that everyone participating in outdoor activities obtain appropriate insurance. The BMC offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at very competitive rates: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/Landing.aspx

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  • Michael.

    Hi everyone, I've uploaded the photos from The Seven Sisters Marathon Walk onto our Facebook page. See Facebook link in the left-hand column and remember to "LIKE" our Facebook page :)

    October 22, 2013

    • Arrvind

      Photos? I can't remember any photos being taken!

      1 · October 22, 2013

    • Prema Claire P.

      Funny Arrvind!

      October 22, 2013

  • Margarida Vivas A.

    Apologies for the late comment but I am still regaining control over my limbs...slowly...
    Thank you Michael for a great hike, and a special thank you to the rest of the group to help make it a memorable day. I am definitely going to do this one again, but I'll probably meet you at Eastbourne, and just enjoy the return :)

    2 · October 22, 2013

  • Haren T.

    Great day, a classic English walk in classic English weather! it was really nice to meet everyone. Thanks as ever to Michael for a great day out. Hopefully see some of you again on another walk once my boots have dried out!

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • Claire

    Can't review station as I drove. Good fun day

    2 · October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful walk, bit rainy, err....I mean sunny all the way! ;)
    Great company and I made it to the end!...just about!....

    5 · October 20, 2013

  • Elena M.

    Thanks everybody for such a fantastic day! A very enjoyable group in awesome scenery! And Thanks Michael got organising the weather and those fish and chips!
    Ps: do remember to tie your laces next time...I'm still cracking up aloud about that one!!!

    2 · October 20, 2013

  • Arrvind

    Every time I do a marathon walk, Liverpool either lose or draw!! Anyway, fantastic walk in the rain , mist, and winds..perfect!

    3 · October 19, 2013

    • Elena M.

      After yesterday, we have different concepts of 'walking'!!!! I enjoyed though trying to keep up with the pace maker and have a new acute sensibility for Meetup leaders sarcasm!

      3 · October 20, 2013

  • JonSea

    What a fantastic day yesterday, I hope everyone is recovering well! It was lovely getting to know you all, and I only wish we had more time at the pub at the end. :)

    3 · October 20, 2013

  • Prema Claire P.

    Lovely walk with lovely people with a challenging end. What I have decided is that I need a much better head torch! Thanks Michael for making sure we were safe till the end and the glass of wine at the end was heaven sent!!!

    4 · October 20, 2013

  • Amy

    Really sorry Michael but I've overslept so not going to make it in time to meet you guys. So sorry. Hopefully join you next time. Have fun all :)

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Viral

    Hi Michael, am I too late in paying through nbh account tomorrow?

    October 18, 2013

    • Michael.

      Yes, that will be fine. I'll see you in the morning.

      1 · October 18, 2013

    • Viral

      Thanks Michael. See you in a bit. On my way to victoria

      October 19, 2013

  • Prema Claire P.

    Going to be very confusing with 3 Claire's!

    October 18, 2013

  • JonSea

    Also looking forward to a great walk tomorrow with you peoples! :)

    2 · October 18, 2013

  • Claire

    Looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow. I'll be driving down with Claire. We'll meet you at the station :)

    1 · October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Michael. I usually walk at a 4-4.5 miles/hour speed. is that too slow? do you think I could join you?
    Also, I don't have any boots nor a head torch, is that a problem? Thank you very much, Francesca

    October 13, 2013

    • Michael.

      It depends on the group and timing/pace.

      October 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ok so I will join you, and then we will see :-) thank you

      October 14, 2013

  • Claire

    Hi. I'm trying to pay online but it won't work! Just so you know I'm driving down with Claire so will pay you cash on the day if ok pls? If anyone is in the Windsor or Maidenhead area who'd like a lift pls let me know:-)

    October 14, 2013

    • Michael.

      No probs, i'll see you on Saturday.

      October 14, 2013

    • Claire

      Cool thanks

      October 14, 2013

  • Prema Claire P.

    Hi Michael. A friend of mine wants to come but meeting us in Seaford, can he pay you on the day? Also it looks like I'll be getting a lift down from Claire so see you in Seaford! Claire

    October 14, 2013

    • Michael.

      Hi Claire, thats fine, I'll sort all the cost out when we meet in Seaford.

      October 14, 2013

  • Prema Claire P.

    Hi Michael. How much is it to do the walk without the train cost please? P

    October 9, 2013

    • Michael.

      The cost is £7.50 and you can meet us at Seaford station along with Claire H.

      October 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Michael I'm going to drive and meet you there - can I pay you on the day? C

    1 · October 7, 2013

    • Michael.

      Nice one, looking forward to seeing you :)

      October 7, 2013

  • Arrvind

    I'm in! Closing in on club 100!

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • Arrvind

    I can't do Sat 19 unfortunately. This is a fantastic walk!

    September 22, 2013

  • Prema Claire P.

    All paid up!!! :o) See you on 19th!

    September 29, 2013

  • Amy

    Hi Michael
    I just paid £12.50 via the NBH account but it's still says I owe £13.50 at the top of this page...hope it's ok?

    September 27, 2013

    • Michael.

      Hi Amy, your payment came through today :)

      September 27, 2013

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