Day Hike: Seaford [Rain Cancellation]

The ever popular Seven Sisters walk to get that summer outdoors fix. Part of the South Downs Way in Sussex, this walk takes you along the chalk cliffs spanning from near the town of Seaford to Beachy Head near Eastbourne with stunning camera views.



If there are at least 4 people altogether and the weather is not raining, this hike will go ahead on the day.

Also possible is, if people can drive, we can meet you there.

Schedule:

8:30am: Meet at Victoria station and but train tickets to Seaford, groups of 4 can acquire GroupSave tickets, so first come, first group.

9:17am: Train to Seaford 

10:46am: Arrive Seaford. Buy food/drinks at supermarket and toilet stop before hike. Depending on weather we may do a picnic near Exceat.

1 - 2 hours: Arrive Exceat: picnic lunch on the cliff or at the pub (toilet stop)

1 - 2  hours: Arrive Birling Gap, rest stop with toilet facilities

1 hour: Beachy Head: rest at pub on top of the bluff

Optional: afterwards, continue walking into Eastbourne for another hour or so

Once at Birling Gap, the 13X bus runs along the trail somewhat. This will be our ride back to Seaford for the train trip back.

Arrival in London will be between 7pm - 9pm depending on times.


Costs:

Train: £20 - 26.20 return, depending on discounts / timing

Bus: £3

Food/Drinks: However much to eat/drink


Tips:

- Wear comfortable, breathable clothing and footwear

- Bring a light day pack with at least 1L bottle of water

- Bring sunscreen and sunglasses

- I'll give you this warning in the day too ... Do not venture too close to the cliff edge.


Cancellation criteria:

- Should on the day before, the weather is forecast as rain on the BBC/MET Office website, the meet is cancelled.

- Should the underground close all lines for "maintenance" which makes it difficult to reach Victoria station, I'll consider this the week before to properly warn people.

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  • Peter N.

    Oh, how the weather weather changes within a day! Sunny forecast turns to continuous rain for the afternoon ever since the torrential Thursday night.

    Sorry people, the event is cancelled again. BBC/MET: The continuous rain makes the ground condition worse near the Exceat section.

    July 19

  • Leon H.

    Hey Peter,

    I'm not going to wake up in time and I won't have enough energy on the day to enjoy myself. I'll have to count myself out. :(

    Thanks,

    Leon

    July 18

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have with me a Network Railcard which leaves return tickets for up to 4 people (including me) at 17.30 pounds each. Think it is the same price as Groupsave alternative

    July 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    Train from Victoria leaves 8.47am and arrives 10.22am

    July 17

  • Leon H.

    By the way, I feel a little guilty - and also overly ambitious - but my car can only accommodate 1 passenger in a realistic sense. :(

    July 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    So how many people are we in total? Then we can plan where to meet

    July 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Peter,
    I may be joining with 1 or 2 friends. When are we deciding whether to go or not?

    July 16

    • Peter N.

      The weather is good so its definitely on. Hieu is definitely driving, so the manner of transport is dependent on the number of people and additional cars. If unbalanced, then we can split and I'll take the train with others

      July 17

  • Leon H.

    Hi Gabriel and Peter,

    Let's see what the situation is like by the end of Friday.

    Leon

    July 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,
    Yes, if it is confirmed it would be me +1 friend. Both of us would love to join if there is space on the car!

    July 17

  • Leon H.

    Hey Peter,

    I got your email.

    The weather is looking fabulous and I think it's going continue like that for a lot longer - long enough so we can enjoy our hike. It’s great we got another driver, since personal transport is generally better. I’m happy to for anyone to buddy up if that is the plan for driving arrangements.

    So yes, I would luv to go but currently I have this impediment. My body clock is out of sync and I’m trying to re-sync it - is it ok to give you an answer by Friday?

    Leon

    July 16

    • Peter N.

      Sure, hope to hear from you

      July 16

  • Peter N.

    Weather watch: waiting till Thursday for a forecast to appear

    July 15

  • Leon H.

    This looks like a peaceful hike to exercise my toes, what's the arrangement if I drive there?

    July 5

    • Peter N.

      If driving, the meeting point is at Seaford station at the train arrival time. You would still need to buy a bus ticket back to your car. On the 14th, I'll have a look at the weather and current rsvpees. If there are a few drivers, we can organise something different than trains.

      July 5

    • Leon H.

      Hi Peter, I think driving would be interesting. If I go, this would be my first meetup. :)

      July 5

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