Seven Sisters – A short walk along the Sussex Coast

With the weather forecast better on the coast than further inland, Tim, Ruth and Keshni came down for an afternoon walk along the Sussex coast. It worked out nicely, with glorious views of the Downs and sea, bathed in warm sunshine and a gently cooling sea breeze.

The view up the Cuckmere River Valley from just north of Cuckmere Haven The view across Cuckmere Haven towards the east

Parking at Exceat Bridge car park we headed south along the river to Cuckmere Haven, where the tide was just out far enough to allow some good views along the coast. The walk up the first of the Seven Sisters kept us honest by stretching out our calf muscles for the first time on this walk. The view back along the beach was worth it though, and the views to the east were most enticing.

The first of the Seven Sisters View of Cuckmere Haven from the first of the Seven Sisters View along Seven Sisters with Birling Gap and Belle Tout lighthouse
Memorial along the route of the Seven Sisters Wild flowers on the chalk downland of Seven Sisters

There are several landmarks along the way, including a few memorials, and as long as you count the number of ups and downs you can work out exactly where you are along the coast. Some of the downland is grazed by sheep, leaving a wonderful sward of fine turf and downland flowers, which looked glorious in the sunshine.

Thankfully I am not scared of heights*, and was able to get some great pictures of the cliffs, both towards Cuckmere Haven and the Beachy Head lighthouse.

Views of Seven Sisters looking west towards Cuckmere Haven The view west from Birling Gap Beachy Head lighthouse

*it is the fall and the sudden stop at the end that I am terrified of…

Ruth and I had lunch on the beach at Birling Gap, while a number of surfers and the odd occasional swimmer took to the water. Baywatch it was not.

After lunch we rejoined Tim and Keshni (who had found sustenance in the pub) and headed up the long drag towards the Belle Tout lighthouse (which is currently for sale for £850,000 GBP – unfortunately we had used up all our loose change for the car park so and headed on towards Beachy Head). One of the strangest sights of the day was someone filming what we presumed was her music video – though who she was no one could guess, and it seemed rude to ask.

Beachy Head lighthouse Beachy Head lighthouse Belle Tout lighthouse from Beachy Head
Beachy Head lighthouse Beachy Head lighthouse Eastborne from Beachy Head Wild flowers on chalk downland just east of Eastborne

Having made it to Beachy Head and gazed down at the lighthouse before heading down the hill towards Eastbourne to find a cup of tea and an ice cream. Checking the bus times we then decided to head to the pier at Eastbourne to catch the bus back to the car park, and to take the scenic route bus which would take us back along the coastal road.

View along the east beach of Eastborne, looking towards the pier Eastborne Pier Eastborne Pier Bedding on the seafront at Eastborne

It was a superb walk along the cliff tops for around 9 miles from Exceat Bridge to Eastbourne pier, with some great company.

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Route
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5 thoughts on “Seven Sisters – A short walk along the Sussex Coast

  1. Great photos; I love the first of the 7 sisters and the one of Eastbourne pier with the impressive sky.

  2. Christopher,

    Surely it’s only the stop at the bottom, the fall itself could be quite relaxing…

    Tim

  3. @sasdaman
    It is just a day walk – 4 or 5 hours if catching the bus back, though can be made a full day of walking if you walk the loop back.
    Enjoy the walk.