Hiking Highlight (Segment)
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April 10, 2019
This challenging circuit really gets to the heart of the South Downs National Park.
Taking you through rolling countryside, along the edge of the glorious Seven Sisters cliffs, beside the sweeping River Cuckmere and through sleepy villages; this hike is the perfect way to get acquainted—or reacquainted—with the national park.
From the village of Alfriston, you join the South Downs Way national trail, which you follow to one of the most recognizable sights in the region: Long Man of Wilmington. At 235 feet (72 meters) 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 the village of Jevington, take the footpath right over Willingdon Hill. Follow the path through East Dean and continue onto the summit of Went Hill, where you are afforded glorious views.
Upon reaching the coast, you rejoin the South Downs Way and follow it 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 four miles (six-and-a-half kilometers). Along this section, you saunter alongside the Cuckmere as it sweeps through the landscape, right back to Alfriston.
April 11, 2019