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The Chalk Cliffs of Sussex - Seven Sisters coastal hike 13 miles (21km) DAY HIKE

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Price: £22.00 /per person

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£22 including 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"

Walk Description - further details

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
Transport and Meeting Point
We'll meet at Victoria station from 9:15am and leave the meeting point at 9:30 for the 9:47 train
We'll meet between WHSmith (no 34) and the stall called Breadbox (no 29) - both of which can be seen on the map here of our meeting point:
http://goo.gl/LCf81

Planed return time to London of 7:41pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then)
Lunch and after hike drinks
We will stop during the walk for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We will visit a pub after the walk where we can get refreshments.
Distance, Difficulty, Terrain and Elevation plot
Distance: 13 miles (21 kms)
Grading: Challenging >click here for details (http://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/Hike_Gradings/)<
Rating: 8/10
Ascent: 940 metres
Terrain: Mainly grass with some tarmac and some possible mud by river bank
Pace: Fairly brisk (not an amble)
Walking time: About 5.5 to 6 hours of actual walking
Elevation plot of actual hike: (>click here for larger version (http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y493/Outdooraholics/SevenSistersPERFECT21km940m_zps20756e53.jpg)<):
Cost
The trip is £22.00 per person which includes the guided hike and return train travel from London Victoria. If you sign up before 14th April you qualify for an early bird price of £20
What to Bring
Appropriate walking clothes and footwear (ideally hiking boots) >click here (http://www.londonhiking.co.uk/clothing.html)<. Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear is strongly recommended in case of rain
Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres)
Packed lunch/picnic
Money for drinks and refreshments after the walk
That's it! We will take care of train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so that you can just turn up and have a great day :-)
Safety and Terms and Conditions
Your safety is very important to us and this walk is led by a trained Walk Group Leader (http://www.mountain-training.org/award-schemes/walking-group-leader-award) (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.
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