Eastbourne To Seaford
After a set back from walking for over three weeks I was glad to be back out on my coastal adventure. Today I was joined by Barry Plant, David Beech, Andrew Pagram, David Strachan & Loki the dog. We set off from Eastbourne with a headwind kindly joining us for the whole journey, this battered us all the way to Seaford. However the day itself was a gem and the views with rough seas and sunshine soon made up for that. After leaving Eastbourne behind us our first challenge was to climb up Beachy Head from the lower path and I know everyone really enjoyed the challenge, not really, it was a tough one!
After a short break to catch our breath and to admire some pebble art left by other visitors in remembrance at the summit, it was time to head out towards Beachy Head Lighthouse. This iconic lighthouse looks stunning against the backdrop of the white chalk sea cliffs.
After a short stroll the the expanse of the Seven Sisters sea cliffs and the South Downs Way opens up in front of you and you know at that point the climb was worth it, although there are gentler ways onto Beachy Head!
With continued easy strolling at this point the views out to sea and inland just make you glad you got up in the early hours to walk this stunning section of the Sussex foreshore. We are nearing the Belle Tout Lighthouse made famous due to the fact that it has been pulled from the edge to stop it falling to its impending doom at the bottom of the sea cliffs. Again this may be necessary in the near future and rightly so its a lovely building.
At Birling Gap the Seven Sisters sea cliffs start and then the moderately hard work of walking the deep dips up and down begins, it is worth it though and my personal favourite part of the walk.
Again the wind provides a challenge, but eventually we arrive at the summit of Haven Brow and the descent down from the Seven Sister section. Below the beautiful Cuckmere Haven opens up and it’s time for refreshments at the Cuckmere Inn at Exceat Bridge, the only pub on route. A word of warning though its great for a pint, but none of us liked the food or service.
After a disastrous dinner we found our way back to Cuckmere Haven and to the last leg of our journey into Seaford.
So the day starts to draw in and we arrive at Hope Gap where you get the best view of the Seven Sisters unless at sea. Sadly every day has to come to an end and the skies reward us again for our efforts with a lovely sunset. We drop down into Seaford which is a lovely town and our train home. Please remember I am walking the coast in aid of Demelza Children’s Hospice and any donation no matter how small would be very much appreciated. Please see the Donate link on the home page. Thank you Shaun. 14.86 miles.