Seven Sisters Travel Guide

  • Map of the area
    Map of the area
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  • The chalk cliffs of Seven Sisters
    The chalk cliffs of Seven Sisters
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  • Cuckmere Haven
    Cuckmere Haven
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Seven Sisters Things to Do

  • Eastbourne Downland

    The Eastbourne Downland stretches between Birling Gap and Eastbourne. Climb onto the Downland above Birling Gap for a fantastic panoramic view of the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters. The Downland is less hilly than the Seven Sisters, so the walk should be less strenuous.

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  • Eastbourne

    The town of Eastbourne marks the eastern end of the Eastbourne Downland. You can walk here from Beachy Head along a path that hugs the coast, or - if tired - just catch a bus from Beachy Head or Birling Gap. The promenade is typical of English seaside resorts - reasonably pleasant with a pebble beach. The train station is about 15 minutes' walk...

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  • Walking the Seven Sisters

    The seven (actually eight) "hills" of the Sisters, high above the English Channel, are a fantastic place for a walk or hike. There are great views out to the sea as well as inland to the valleys of the South Downs. The hills are mainly covered with grass, dandelions and daisies. Make sure you wear suitable shoes or boots - some parts of the walk...

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  • Beachy Head

    Beachy Head, on the Eastbourne Downland, is the highest chalk sea cliff in England, rising to 162 m from sea level. There is a lighthouse in the sea below, built in 1902. There is also a pub/restaurant, and bus 12 and 12A stop here between Brighton and Eastbourne.

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  • Belle Tout Lighthouse

    Built in 1832, Belle Tout was the original lighthouse on the Eastbourne Downland. It was decommissioned in 1902 when a new lighthouse was built at Beachy Head. During the Second World War, it was used as target practice by Allied ships. In 1999, the lighthouse was moved inland to prevent it was falling into the sea as a result of cliff erosion.

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  • Birling Gap

    Birling Gap marks the eastern end of the Seven Sisters. If you've reached it by walking/hiking on the Seven Sisters, you might be quite glad to see the collection of buildings here. There is a bed & breakfast, a (somewhat overpriced) pub/restaurant, an ice cream shop, toilets (most importantly), and a pebble beach. Bus 12 and 12A, to Eastbourne,...

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  • Cuckmere Haven

    The estuary of the river Cuckmere, called Cuckmere Haven, is located 1 mile south of Exceat - a stroll here requires a short detour from the start of the Seven Sisters trail. On the shingle beach is a small pub, and views of white chalk cliffs are to the east (Seven Sisters) and west (Seaford).

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  • Cuckmere valley

    From Exceat, walk about 1 mile southward to the Seven Sisters along the valley floor of the river Cuckmere. The path is clearly marked as part of the South Downs Way, and passes through the grazing grassland of sheep and horses. The river itself is shallow and meanders as it flows to the English Channel.

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  • Exceat

    Exceat is an abandoned village located about 1 mile inland from the Cuckmere estuary. It is now the location of the Seven Sisters Country Park headquarters and is a natural starting point for a visit to the area. It is also the site of the fabulous Exceat Farmhouse restaurant (see restaurant tip), a perfect place for a hearty breakfast or brunch...

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Seven Sisters Restaurants

  • Cheers at Beachy Head

    There's an ordinary pub and restaurant at Beachy Head, next to the gift shop. I think it was a Brewster's Fayre. There were seats outside, though, which is quite wonderful on a summer's day.

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  • Pub restaurant at Birling Gap

    There is a pub at Birling Gap, which is somewhat overpriced, I presume because of the lack of competition. Didn't try the food here.

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  • Solid country food

    The Exceat Farmhouse restaurant, located next to the Seven Sisters Country Park headquarters at Exceat, is a natural and delicious way to start your walk. It serves excellent home-cooked food (including freshly baked bread and home-made jams) at decent prices, and will also do packed lunches if requested. The English breakfast!

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