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

  • Jul 28, 2013 · 9:15 AM
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# £20 including return train tickets from London Victoria #

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.

If you would like to do this hike the following week please join our sister group:
http://www.meetup.com/outdooraholicsbitesize/events/124050602/


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 invasion 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 9:15 and leave our meeting point at 9:35 prompt for the 9:47 train.

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) and the stall called Breadbox (no 29).

Click here for a map of our meeting point: http://goo.gl/LCf81

 

Food

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
Pace: Brisk. At 14 miles this walk will be a brisker pace than most of ours.

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.

 

Cost

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:

http://www.outdooraholics.co.uk/pages/TermsConditions/

 

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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  • carole

    An absolute pleasure! people, hike, views, weather, organisation...everything was super top. Thank you Graham and thank you everyone for the great pictures too!

    July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great views, nice people enjoyable hike!

    July 30, 2013

  • Irteza

    Had an amazing time with all of you. Thanks

    July 29, 2013

  • ShelleyK

    Graham thank you for another wonderful day !

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    awesome

    July 28, 2013

  • Dong

    Great trip: beautiful locations, great people, perfect weather, great organisation...and the beach. Thank you Graham. Can't wait for the next hike!

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • Graham

    Perfect weather and great to see some brave people swimming in the sea at the end! Thanks for coming everyone and making this such a fun day! Hope to see you again soon!

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was just great. Meeting all you lovely people. It was well organized, cheers Graham. Looking forward to the next outing. Sukwinder

    July 28, 2013

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