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Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk – A Complete Guide

The Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk is a stunning coastal walk from Seaford to Eastbourne on the south coast of England. Here’s all the info.

How To Get To Seaford

Seaford is located on the south coast, approximately 13 miles east of the city of Brighton.

The Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk starts from Seaford Beach and ends in Eastbourne,.

Once you reach Seaford Beach, carry on along the promenade past the beach huts to the eastern end of the beach and you will arrive at the start of the walk.

The walk can be completed in the reverse direction of course, but most people recommend this route as the most scenic and enjoyable.

Bus

From Brighton you can get the number 12 bus which will take you to Seaford Station. It’s a short 10 minute walk to the beach from the station.

The easiest way to get your tickets is to download the Brighton and Hove Bus App. Tickets cost £5 per adult. Alternatively, the £8.40 ‘Duo 24 hour’ ticket for 2 adults will also cover your journey back to Brighton from Eastbourne.

Car

Driving from Brighton, it’s approximately a 35 minute drive.

Driving from London, it’s approximately a 2 hours 30 minute drive.

Once you arrive in Seaford you can park at the Seaford Esplanade Car Park for up to 12 hours for free. Or there are various pay-and-display car parks.

Train

This was a great option for me travelling from London. I jumped on a train a London’s Victoria Station, changed at Lewes and reached Seaford in about 1 hour 45 minutes.

If you are in Brighton, the train journey to Seaford takes about 45 minutes.

The walk to Seaford Beach from the station, is less than 10 minutes.

Tour

For those short on time, or those that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

If you can’t make the walk but would like to see the Seven Sisters, the From London: Seven Sisters and South Downs Full-Day Tour is a great option.

Alternatively, from Brighton, you could Explore Seven Sisters Country Park on E-Bike.

Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Distance

Seaford to Eastbourne: 22.5km.

It is possible to do shorter Seven Sister walks by starting at the villages further along the trail.

Exceat/Cuckmere Haven to Eastbourne: 12km.

Birling Gap to Eastbourne: 6km.

All are moderately challenging, easy to follow walks along the coast, with some hilly terrain.

However, I would recommend doing the longer, Seaford to Eastbourne walk if possible, so you don’t miss a really beautiful stretch of coast.

Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne

How Long Does The Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Take

On average it takes approximately 6- 7 hours, with some stops along the way.

However, we walked all the way without stopping and it took just 3.5 hours.

Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne

What To Expect On The Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk – Seaford To Eastbourne

The Seven Sisters are a series of seven white chalk cliffs, stretching from Cuckmere Haven to Birling Gap in East Sussex.

They are undoubtedly one of the most spectacular landmarks on the south coast of England.

This walk, on a fine day, gives you spectacular panoramic views that include a colourful mix of blue seas, green cliff tops and white cliffs.

Starting Point

From the start of the walk, the eastern end of Seaford Beach, you follow the coastal trail up the cliffs to Seaford Head Nature Reserve and along the cliffs to Hope Gap.

During low tide it’s possible to go down to the small Hope Gap Beach and enjoy some great views of the Seven Sisters Cliffs.

From here, the walk takes you towards Cuckmere Haven, with some spectacular views along the way, Including the old Coastguard Cottages that sit on the edge of the cliff.

This stunning setting has been used in many films such as Atonement as well as the TV series Luther. 

Cuckmere Haven is a pebble beach that has the Seven Sisters Cliffs as its impressive backdrop. So impressive in fact, that this location has also been used in numerous films including Harry Potter and Robin Hood!

This beach is actually divided into two sections by the river Cuckmere, which runs across the beach into the sea. 

It’s only possible to cross the river at low tide and if there isn’t too much water flowing down the river. Otherwise, and probably the safest thing to do, is to head inland for a little way.

Following the river Cuckmere inland, you come to the delightful Cuckmere Inn. Offering good food and fantastic views, this is the perfect spot for some refreshments. More importantly, there is also a bridge to get across the river Cuckmere.

Setting off for Birling Gap across the bridge, you turn immediately right once over the bridge and follow the river for approximately 1 km, back towards the coast and the Seven Sisters trail.

Once back on the trail, you have some gentle hills to tackle as well as some spectacular views to enjoy.

Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne

Half Way Point

Arriving at Birling Gap, you will be greeted by the welcome sight of a National Trust Cafe. As well as a Visitor Centre with shop and public toilets. (Open daily 10am – 5pm)

This is a good spot take a break, use the facilities and enjoy having completed roughy half of the longest Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk.

Leaving here, you continue towards Beachy Head (famously used in the final scene of the iconic film Quadraphenia) and the dramatic Belle Tout Lighthouse.

This impressive lighthouse, built in 1832 and decommissioned in 1902, has featured in many films and is currently home to a unique Bed and Breakfast.

Descending down from Belle Tout Lighthouse you quickly reach the steepest hill climb of the walk.

However, reaching the summit, you will be rewarded with amazing views, including the red and white striped Beachy Head Lighthouse.

From here, you are on the homeward stretch of the walk heading towards Eastbourne. After a few more ups and downs, you eventually reach the promenade in Eastbourne.

You have now completed the Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk – Seaford to Eastbourne. Time to stop and soak up that well deserved sense of achievement!

Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne
Seven Sisters Cliffs Walk Seaford To Eastbourne

Where To Stay In Brighton

Luxury

The Grand Brighton

The Grand Brighton has a magnificent location on Brighton’s seafront and is just a 10-minute walk from Brighton Pier. 

The rooms have high-quality furnishings, including Egyptian cotton bed linen and bathrobes. 

Each room includes free WiFi and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and some Sky channels. 

With uninterrupted views of the seafront, the stylish cocktail bar and terrace serves traditional Sussex cream teas. Guests can also enjoy fantastic seafood in the GB1 restaurant. 

In the heart of vibrant Brighton, this iconic hotel is a 5-minute walk from The Lanes shopping streets and a 10-minute walk away from the Royal Pavilion.

Mid-Budget

Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

Overlooking the seafront, Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront is just 450 yards from the Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion. 

It offers free WiFi throughout, a restaurant with sea views, a pool and a spa. 

The air-conditioned rooms at the Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront feature a Dream bed, a flat-screen TV and an en suite bathroom with free toiletries. 

Guests can use the Health & Leisure club free of charge. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna and a fully equipped gym.

Budget

Home Brighton Backpackers

This backpacker’s accommodation is centrally located, just a 10-minute walk from Brighton Coach and Train Stations. 

Home Brighton is a famous bar and music venue, in which The Cure and Jimmy Hendrix has previously performed. 

There’s live music and DJ’s, food and drinks in the bar. Free high-speed WiFi is provided throughout the whole building. 

Each morning Home Brighton offers free pancakes at breakfast. There is also a double fridge and a dry storage area provided in the kitchen and lounge.

For more places to stay in Brighton, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

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