South Downs Way Stunner — South Downs
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
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April 10, 2019
Along the 100 miles of the South Downs Way, you explore some of England's most-treasured countryside between Winchester, the country's first capital, and the white cliffs of Eastbourne.
This challenging hike takes you along the final stretch of the national trail via some of the most iconic features. So, lace up your boots and prepare to be blown away.
Rather than starting from the village of Alfriston, as per the official trail, this route begins from Seaford as the public transport links back from Eastbourne are easier and more frequent.
From Seaford, walk to the coast and head left along the Vanguard Way, which you follow until an incredible viewpoint over the meandering River Cuckmere. At this point, you pick up the South Downs Way, which you follow for the rest of the way.
This next section is regarded as one of the most stunning sections of the South Downs Way: the hiking path along Seven Sisters cliffs.
Taking you through Seven Sisters Country Park and along the magnificent white cliffs themselves, you are afforded breathtaking views along a beautiful and exhilarating cliff-edge path. Take care, though, the crumbling chalk cliffs have no barriers and the wind can be strong.
The route passes Belle Tout lighthouse with was moved back from the cliff edge on rollers as coastal erosion threatened its existence. You are then afforded sublime views over the red and white striped Beachy Head Lighthouse before ascending Beachy Head.
As Britain’s highest chalk cliff, you are afforded breathtaking views from Beachy Head, allowing those who have trekked the entire trail to contemplate the glorious landscape one last time. From there, it is downhill all the way to Eastbourne.
From Eastbourne, you can catch the 12 bus back to Seaford. Whilst services are not very frequent during the day, they run every 20 minutes from 4.30/5pm (depending on the day) until 11.30pm. For timetables and more information, visit: bustimes.org/services/12-coaster-brighton-peacehaven-newhaven-seaford-ea.
April 11, 2019
Agreed, starting in Seaford is a great place to commence this amazing hike. It may be, also, that should the tide be “out”, you can cut straight across the beach at Cuckmere! I have done this hike several times and just love it. If you are flexible, a weekday is recommended during school term time! The Birling Gap and Beachy Head (and Eastbourne) can be very busy at weekends and school hols)
November 6, 2019
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