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The White Cliffs of Sussex - Seven Sisters coastal hike 14 miles (22km) DAY HIKE

  • May 19, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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# £20 including return train tickets from London Victoria #

Thursday 16th May. Weather update: the forecast is for rain, please check this nearer to the time and take waterproofs in case:

Come and join us for what is our most popular and probably the greatest coastal walk in the South East of England, with breath taking views of the striking and dramatic white cliffs and a good proportion of the walk is up high on the cliffs as they loom down over the sea beneath. We're off to Sussex to walk the classic Seven Sisters walk from Seaford to Eastbourne.


Please note, this is a tough walk, almost none of which is flat and it's about 5 to 6 hours of walking at a good pace (not an amble). Please see the difficulty section below BEFORE signing up




















Walk Description

There are some iconic views on this walk and we'll get some great fresh sea air high up on the cliffs. The Seven Sisters are a series of white chalk cliffs and are set within the Seven Sisters Country Park. They are remnants of dry valleys in the South Downs and were formed at the end of the last ice age by glacial meltwater. There are in fact now eight sisters as an extra one has been created by coastal erosion.

Our walk starts in the coastal town of Seaford which is home to a Victorian Pier and a Martello Tower from 1810 which formed part of a string of 74 towers to defend against French invadasion in Napoleonic times. It then follows the cliffs along the South Downs way past Birling Gap and the Belle Tout lighthouse. The lighthouse was actually moved 17 metres in 1999 to stop it falling victim to coastal erosion. Our walk shall then take us on to the beauty spot of Beachy Head which has a more sinister side being a magnet for those wishing to commit suicide, before we head from here to Eastbourne for some refreshments in a delightful pub.


Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at Victoria station at 9:30 and leave our meeting point at 9:37 prompt for the 9:47 train. You may wish to arrive early in case of delays on your journey

Anticipated return time to London of 7:26pm (we will not be back any earlier so you are committed for the day until then)

We'll meet between WHSmith (no 34 on the below map) and the stall called Breadbox (no 29 on the map):



We'll stop during the walk for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the walk where we can get refreshments. Please note: in order to return for a sensible time it will be a brief pub stop at the end.


Distance and Difficulty

13.5 miles (22 km)
Rating: 8/9 out of 10, tough

About 5 to 6 hours of walking which is mainly up and down hills. This is a fairly tough walk at a decent pace. If you sign up for this and have over estimated your fitness, it will not be fun struggling to keep up and spending hours walking up and down hills.



The hike will be £20.00 per person which includes the guided hike and train tickets from London Victoria.


What to Bring

  • Appropriate walking clothes and footwear (ideally hiking boots), could be muddy in places  - for more info please >click here<
  • Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres)
  • Packed lunch/picnic
  • Money for drinks and refreshments after the walk
  • That's it! I'll take care of all train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so just turn up, bring a smile and we'll have a fun day :-)


Safety and Terms & Conditions

Your safety is very important to us and this walk is led by a trained Walk Group Leader (MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider with extensive hike leading experience. A First Aid kit is carried and the walk is well known to the walk leader.

By signing up to this event you agree to the Terms and Conditions detailed at the following link:


Please note there are sheer drops off the cliffs and some of these soft chalk cliffs are crumbling at the edges with chunks regularly falling and no fencing in place. Please keep at least 3 metres away from the edges. If you fall, or the ground at the edge of the cliff collapses it will almost certainly be fatal.

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  • Miglena

    very well organized trip by Graham - Thank you!

    May 21, 2013

  • Miglena

    It was a great day out with very friendly people and fantastic views!

    May 21, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Lovely walk, and friendly people, I really enjoyed it, thanks everyone!

    May 21, 2013

  • Joanne D

    Was a great day out! :)

    May 20, 2013

  • Graham

    Despite the grim forecast, so lucky it turned out nice in the end. I hope you can see why I do this hike every month, so great to share it with everyone and thanks for being a great fun group :-)

    May 20, 2013

  • Xabier M.

    Great day and very friendly people! thanks Graham!

    May 20, 2013

  • nikii


    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lovely walk, enjoy it very much.

    May 20, 2013

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