The Seven Sisters and Beachy Head
Seaford to Eastbourne
Returning to Seaford by scenic bus tour.
Ending with fish & chips on the beach.
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 ends at Eastbourne's promenade and pier, and we return by bus for a scenic tour of our route.
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, before ending in the elegant seafront town of Eastbourne. There is quite a lot of climbing and descending on the walk – indeed, apart from the section around Cuckmere Haven and the finish along the Eastbourne seafront, 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?
Level: Intermediate (7/10)
Pace: Moderate to Fast (2.5mph)
Length: 13.8 miles (22.3km)
Duration: 7hrs (includes lunch)
Start/End: Seaford Station - Returning by bus from Eastbourne.
Lunch: National Trust café or Bring Your Own Pack lunch
Meeting Time: 7.45am.
Train departs from London Victoria at 08.17 and arrives at Seaford Station (via Lewis) at 09.46am. Returning to London Victoria at 18.40.
Meet: Opposite the main ticket office, and outside WHSmith and Café Nero (No's: 34 and 30).
Cost: £28.50 based on a 30% reduction of 3-9 adults on a "First Come First Share" basis. (Return rail travel, NBH costs and organiser's fee).
The above cost does not include the return bus fare from Eastbourne to Seaford, which is about £3.50 or the fish & chips and a pint at the end of the walk.
Please check the planned engineering works when planning your journey:
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.
Things to bring:
Pack Lunch and Snacks
Walking shoes / Boots
Waterproof clothing (Jacket and trousers)
Suitable clothing for walking (no jeans)
Warm tops (layers)
Money (cash for lunch and drinks)
Natural Born Hikers operate within:
The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.
For more information:
Look at the following site for the simplified explanation
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