Adventure 5 – Day 1 – Seven Sisters hike
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Ford Weekend Adventures planned a hike.
October 8, 2020
Taking you through picturesque countryside, along the Seven Sisters cliffs, beside the sweeping River Cuckmere and into sleepy villages, this Tour is a wonderful introduction to the South Downs.
A challenging start to the weekend, this hike is 17 miles (27.3 km) long with 1,725 feet (526 m) of elevation gain. Your efforts are rewarded with non-stop interest and beauty, though.
From Alfriston Woodland Cabins, you join the South Downs Way national trail and soon reach one of the most recognisable sights in the region, the Long Man of Wilmington. At 235 feet (72 m) tall, the mysterious chalk figure is said to be the largest representation of a human form in Europe.
You continue along the South Downs Way and, shortly after passing through Jevington village, take the footpath right over Willingdon Hill. Follow the path through East Dean and continue onto the summit of Went Hill, where glorious views await.
Upon reaching the coast, you rejoin the South Downs Way and head west along the Seven Sisters cliffs. Along this exhilarating and beautiful section, you are afforded breathtaking views out to sea, over the impressive chalk cliffs and onto the beaches below.
When you reach the estuary, head back inland and follow the Cuckmere Valley for the final 4 miles (6.5 km). Along this section, you saunter alongside the River Cuckmere as it sweeps through the landscape, right back to Alfriston.
For more information about Alfriston Woodland Cabins, visit: alfristoncabins.co.uk.