Jan Kraus
30 August 2022photo story3 min read
The magnificent views of Seven Sisters cliffs, East Sussex, England, UK
The magnificent views of Seven Sisters cliffs, East Sussex, England, UK

The Seven Sisters Hike

Seeing rain predictions for upcoming days, I feared of possibility that the last warm weekend of summer was just passing by! So, almost at the last minute joined the Seven Sister hike on the sunny, southern coast of Britain.

There isn’t much to say about the Seven Sisters that hasn’t been already told. It is one of the most iconic, scenic walks in the south.

Seaford

We started our hike at Seaford, a small town in East Sussex, west of Brighton. Reachable by train from London, it took us about 1,5h to get there.

About 15-20 minutes walk from the train station, the trail starts leading up the cliffs climbing up and offering views of Seaford town.

Views from the first climb, overlooking Seaford, East Sussex, England, UK
Views from the first climb, overlooking Seaford, East Sussex, England, UK

Views of Seaford, East Sussex, England, UK
Views of Seaford, East Sussex, England, UK

The Seven Sisters

The day couldn’t be better for Summer Bank Holiday. It was sunny and warm, but not too hot and the sea breeze cooled us during walking.

It wasn’t a long walk until the path revealed the first views of the Seven Sisters cliffs, which were breathtaking!

Walking along the coats mesmerized by the Seven Sisters, East Sussex, England, UK
Walking along the coats mesmerized by the Seven Sisters, East Sussex, England, UK

The cliffs appeared serene, bright, white, and almost shining, with the sunlight illuminating the chalk rock as we marched towards them.

Mesmerizing views of the Seven Sisters cliffs, East Sussex, England, UK
Mesmerizing views of the Seven Sisters cliffs, East Sussex, England, UK

I was there once before, in 2017 - driving from Eastbourne along the Jurassic Coast, but this time, walking in the opposite direction revealed an utterly different perspective of the coast.

The views were just getting better and better as we approached Cuckmere Haven. Passing by Coastguard Cottages offered another excellent angle for some shots!

Coastguard Cottages overlooking the Seven Sisters cliffs, East Sussex, England, UK
Coastguard Cottages overlooking the Seven Sisters cliffs, East Sussex, England, UK

Cuckmere River

After reaching the Cuckmere Haven, we detoured inland to cross the Cuckmere River. It was about 3km total, a flat walk along the river to the bridge near The Cuckmere Inn and then back to the cliffs’ top.

The path along the river offered different scenery and a chance to chat with folks from the group.

A signpost at Cuckmere Haven path, East Sussex, England, UK
A signpost at Cuckmere Haven path, East Sussex, England, UK

Path along the Cuckmere River, East Sussex, England, UK
Path along the Cuckmere River, East Sussex, England, UK

Another signpost at Cuckmere Haven path, East Sussex, England, UK
Another signpost at Cuckmere Haven path, East Sussex, England, UK

Walked alongside meanders of the Cuckmere River, I spotted many interesting sightings with some vivid, red-coloured marshes.

A signpost at Cuckmere Haven path, East Sussex, England, UK
A signpost at Cuckmere Haven path, East Sussex, England, UK

Climbing several dozen meters above sea level, we reached our lunch break spot overlooking the Cuckmere Haven area.

Panoramic view at Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex, England, UK
Panoramic view at Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex, England, UK

Birling Gap

Invigorated with the lunch break meals, we continued hiking towards the east. We were still on the 1st half of the route.

The Seven Sisters cliffs (view towards west), East Sussex, England, UK
The Seven Sisters cliffs (view towards west), East Sussex, England, UK

The hike led us through a stop at the Birling Gap, a small hamlet and a beach - quite busy at this time of the year.

Views over Birling Gap, East Sussex, England, UK
Views over Birling Gap, East Sussex, England, UK

After that, we hiked toward Belle Tout Lighthouse point and finally reached the heights of the Beachy Head Cliffs, Britain’s highest chalk sea cliff.

A brightly painted lighthouse at the Birling Gap, East Sussex, England, UK
A brightly painted lighthouse at the Birling Gap, East Sussex, England, UK

Eastbourne

Finally, after around 6 hours of hiking, we reached the outskirts of Eastbourne. The views of the town seen from the clifftops were great, especially with the ferris wheel attraction located at the beach.

Views of Eastbourne, seen from the Birling Gap, East Sussex, England, UK
Views of Eastbourne, seen from the Birling Gap, East Sussex, England, UK

Still, it took us around 30 minutes to reach the city centre where we stopped for some refreshments, followed by the brief walk to Eastbourne Train Station and finally, 90-minutes journey back to London!

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