More Information about the South Downs Coast, Sussex

There are few places along this stretch of coast where you can actually get down onto the shore and they are, from east to west, Eastbourne, Birling Gap, Cuckmere Haven and Seaford.

You can see some very nice views of the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs from Seaford Head. The view of the Seven Sisters and the Coastguard Cottages is a well known, and very popular, view and you would find it by going to the South Hill Barn Car Park on Seaford Head, see the car parking page for details, and walking down the straight track which goes east from the car park. You could also walk down to Cuckmere Haven but you may find yourself restricted to the western part of the shore only because the Cuckmere River gets in the way. It is possible, at low tide, to walk through the river but you would have to be prepared to get your feet wet. The only other option would be to walk about a mile inland to the nearest bridge and back again.

The pebble beach at Cuckmere Haven can be reached from the Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre at Exceat where refreshments, and car parking, are available. It is an easy flat walk of about a mile. If you want to access the Seven Sisters, you can walk up onto the cliffs from Cuckmere Haven, then stay on the east side of the river.

There is lovely walking, with stupendous views in good weather, on the cliff tops between Birling Gap and Beachy Head. The ground does undulate a bit but none of it is steep. Be very careful near the cliff edge - it is totally unprotected, no fence, and it can be a very long way down.

You can get onto the beach at Birling Gap, from the car park, by means of a metal stairway.

There are lots of public footpaths in this area which are all shown on the 1:50000 and 1:25000 Ordnance maps.


Contact information for South Downs Tourist Information:

There are many Tourist Information and Visitor Centres around this area, although the most appropriate ones for the coast are probably Seaford or Eastbourne.

This information is based on our visit to the South Downs in September 2007.