WHY YOU NEED TO VISIT BRITAIN’S EPIC SOUTH DOWNS

Go and book you train ticket to Eastbourne.  Just do it, or before you know it another weekend will have passed and you’ll have missed your chance to see Britain’s stunning south coast in summer again.

A couple of weekends ago, my boyfriend and I did just this and had an incredible day walking the Seven Sisters cliffs in the South Downs National Park. We arrived in to Eastbourne station at about 11am on a Sunday and followed the signposts to the beach.  The morning sunshine was bright and the beach was empty but for a few couples strolling along the promenade.

Eastbourne beachWe filled our lungs with fresh sea air and took a right towards the start of our walk, the white cliffs looming in the distance.

Eastbourne promenade

After about an hour of leisurely stroll and a short climb to the cliff tops we reached Beachy Head.  Immense and eerie at the same time, we gazed down at the lighthouse and majestic cliff faces, just metres from the sheer cliff drop.

Beachy Head cliffsFurther on, it was a moderately grueling but spectacular trek up and down along the cliff tops with only the expanse of metallic sea to your left and sprawling countryside to your right. The walk is pretty popular so there were people around for the most part, but there were moments of silence. 

Seven Sisters

As we reached the end of the cliff walk we were exhausted but proud of ourselves. My glutes, however, hated me – we’d walked nearly 13 miles. At least the final stretch of the walk was refreshingly easy; a 45 minute meander along the Cuckmere River as the sea slips into the land.

Cuckmere Haven

We finished up with a well-deserved drink at the Cuckmere Inn with its fabulous views to the sea. Above us, a small plane looped around doing tricks, keeping us entertained.  We hopped on one of the regular busses passing through back to Eastbourne and were on the 6pm train back to London.

Drinks in the countryside

The details: We took the train from London Victoria to Eastbourne which takes about 1.5 hours on a Sunday.  We brought our tickets through National Rail. The total walk from Eastbourne train station down to the Cuckmere Inn is about 13 miles and took us about 5 hours including stops.

 

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6 Comments

  1. Lauren June 25, 2014 / 5:02 am

    What a gorgeous place! Those cliffs and those views are incredible.

    • harriet June 25, 2014 / 9:34 pm

      Thanks Lauren, being there takes your breath away (literally, as you’re so puffed from the walk) and also because of the magnificent views! x

  2. Adelina | PackMeTo June 24, 2014 / 9:09 pm

    Whoa stunning views over the cliffs! Most people only know of the cliffs in Dover (aka me), so this looks like a good place to check out instead.

    • harriet June 24, 2014 / 9:15 pm

      For sure Adelina, it’s a spectacular walk.

  3. Corinne June 24, 2014 / 12:35 am

    Whoa! Those cliffs are stunning! I want to go!

    • harriet June 24, 2014 / 9:13 pm

      It’s very beautiful down there – you should go!

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