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The NBH 10 Challenge - The Seven Sisters - 26 miles (41.8km)

The NBH 10 Challenge

"10 Marathons in 10 Months, in 10 Hours"

Marathon No. 1 - February 2014


The Seven Sisters Marathon Walk

(Return: Seaford to Eastbourne)

26 miles miles (41.8km)

Join us for one of 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.


Please Note:

This walk is a marathon (26mile) from Seaford to Eastbourne and back to Seaford. It is an intermediate walk with a level 8 out of 10 grading for toughness and endurance. It is possible to take a bus from Eastbourne back to Brighton, if you only want to complete a half-marathon walk.


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.

Level: Intermediate - Medium Pace (8/10)

Length: 26 miles (41.8km)

Duration: 10hrs plus lunch stops

Start/End: Seaford Station


Walks & Mileage Chart:
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.

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

Meeting Time: 6.30am.

Train departs from London Victoria at 07.06 and arrives at Seaford Station 08.44am. Returning to London Victoria at 22.40.

Meet: on the main concourse outside WHSmith (No. 34) and Café Nero (No. 30).

Cost: £20.00 - (includes rail travel, NBH costs and organiser's fee)

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 energy Snacks
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)


2014 Marathon Walks:

February – Seven Sisters

March – North Downs Way

April – Lewes

May – Hangers Way (Extended)

June – South Downs Way

July – Brighton

August – The Chilterns

September – To be decided

October – To be decided

November – To be decided

NOTE: The above monthly marathon walks are subject to change due to weather conditions, transport, etc…

Also, if members miss any of the marathons walks they can contact me at: [masked] and if there are enough people wanting to repeat a marathon walk I will arrange the walk at a later date.

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


NBH-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


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:

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  • Michal J.

    we were defeated by the nature, so we couldn't do the target distance, but we had plenty of good laughs and quite spectacular show of the natural elements.

    1 · February 1, 2014

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