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SMALL GROUP - The Chalk Cliffs of Sussex - Seven Sisters coastal hike DAY HIKE

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Price: £22.00 /per person

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Details

Please note: This hike is being run by our sister group Outdooraholics Bitesize. Please sign up for it on their site below:

http://www.meetup.com/outdooraholicsbitesize/events/150329412/

# £22 including return train tickets from London Victoria #

Group size: Limited to just 24 attendees
Distance: 13.5 miles (21km)
Pace: Brisk - not an amble
Difficulty: 8/9 out of 10 (tough)
Ascent: 940m

What better way to start 2014 than this legendary hike. 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.

Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version (http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y493/Outdooraholics/SevenSistersPERFECT21km940m_zps20756e53.jpg)<):

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 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.

Please note, this is a tough walk with a lot of hills and it's about 5 to 6 hours of walking at a good pace (not an amble).

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.

Cost

The hike will be £22.00 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 (http://www.londonhiking.co.uk/clothing.html)<

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 Mountain Leader (http://www.mountain-training.org/award-schemes/ml-summer) (MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. A First Aid kit is carried on the walk.

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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