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Newhaven to Seaford via the picturesque village of Alfriston.

Newhaven to Seaford via the picturesque village of Alfriston

An energetic walk over the South Downs escarpment

Join us for a circular walk from Newhaven, which takes you along the South Downs escarpment with a visit to the village of Alfreston, where you can see the National Trust’s very first property, the Clergy House, acquired for the sum of £10 in 1896. The rare 14th-century thatched house is in an idyllic setting, with views across the River Cuckmere. 

Clergy House - Medieval thatched Wealden hall-house and picturesque garden.

Alfriston: Clergy House, Garden & Shop. This rare 14th century Wealden 'Hall House' was the first building to be acquired by the National Trust in 1896. The thatched, timber-framed house is in an idyllic setting, with views across the River Cuckmere and surrounded by a delightful, tranquil cottage garden. On your visit; admire the first house the NT saved. 
Enjoy the tranquility of our English cottage garden. Discover the chalk and sour milk floor in the hall and browse in the shop for a souvenir of you visit.

We will stop for 1.5hrs to explore the picturesque village of Alfriston were we will have time for lunch at the George Inn, and visit Clergy House.

Level: Intermediate - (5/10)

Pace: medium to fast Pace (2.5mph)

Length: 12.5 miles (20km)

Duration: 6.5hrs plus lunch

Start/End: Newhaven Town station

Lunch: George Inn

Meeting Time: 7.45am.

Meet:  on the MAIN concourse next to the ticket machines

Train from London Victoria at 08.17 and arrives in Newhaven Town at 09.38.

Return from Newhaven Town to London Bridge at 20.00

Please check the planned engineering works when planning your journey:

Cost: £28 based on 30% discount for 3-9 adults sharing, on a "First Come First Share" basis. (Return rail travel, PayPal, 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:
Water 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)
Camera (optional)


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: We 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.

We 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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  • Sarah H.

    A day full of laughs with a small friendly group. On our varied walk we enjoyed spacious hilly views and also forest trails... Highlights were the lovely pub lunch at the George Inn, paddling our weary feet in the sea and being chased out of a field by some hungry cows! Thanks everyone :D x

    2 · August 11, 2014

  • Elisabeth G.

    Me too.So we have same fun next time ok!
    It's fantastic to share good time in the nature with nice person and finish with the feet in the sea.

    3 · August 10, 2014

  • Alexandra

    I had lovely time, lots of fun and laughter in our small but very friendly group. Thank you guys. xxx

    2 · August 10, 2014

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