The Seven Sisters Hike – Sussex South Downs National Park

Sun 24 Oct 2020

Enjoy a majestic sea cliff hike on the Seven Sisters Chalk cliffs. This route is a popular day hike from London. We start in Seaford and we will finish at a pub in Eastbourne.


  • Seaford Beach and Mortello Tower
  • Cuckmere Haven
  • The Seven Sisters Chalk Cliffs
  • Birling Gap – NT cafe and Beach
  • Belle Tout Light House
  • Beachy Head
  • Popular Hike, features in ‘Best Coastal hikes’ in both Trip Advisor and The Guardian.
  • Pub Finish in Eastbourne


We head towards the beach and along the promenade where we pass the Napoleonic era Martello Tower. The fort formed part of a series of identical towers stretching along the English coast to defend against a French invasion. We climb up the hill above the beach for a wide-ranging view of Seaford [dubbed the ‘Schools’ town with a large number of Public Schools] and Newhaven harbour.

We continue up onto the white chalky cliff of Seaford Head where we get a stunning view of the iconic Seven Sisters with picture-postcard views of Cuckmere Haven and the coast guard cottage overlooking the mouth of the river estuary. Famously used by Microsoft as a screensaver many years ago, also featuring in the 1969 Battle of Britain movie! The Seven Sisters cliffs often stand in filmmaking and television as the famous White Cliffs of Dover!

The hike progresses around the River Cuckmere and up onto the Seven Sisters. We tick them off one by one and take lunch at the National Trust Cafe at Birling Gap. Up again to the Belle Tout lighthouse and Beachy Head. They have a storied history. One feature in the 1987 James Bond Living Daylights and the other marked landfall on the RAF bomber route during WW2. There is a hauntingly beautiful monument. We overlook the Beachy Head lighthouse with its red and white stripes guaranteeing a vivid photo opportunity!

Our walk will then take us down into Eastbourne and to our final pub stop.

Hiking information

Distance: 21.4 km (just over 13 miles) approx.
Elevation Gain: 674 metres
Estimated Duration* (approx): 5 hours for walking
Difficulty: Moderate (See link for AAA Hike Grading)

Travel logistics

Meetup Point: London Victoria Station
09:00 Meetup Time
09:20 Depart Meetup Point for the train

00:25 Train Departs from Victoria
10:06 Train Arrives at Seaford
10:10 Walk Departs
18:15 Return Train Departs Eastbourne*
19:57 Return Train Arrives London Victoria*

* Return train times are subject to the duration of the hike

Once the hike has finished we aim to have at least 30-50 min free to enjoy a drink before the group’s departure for London. We are travelling on group rail tickets, but we can also organise a later departure if there are sufficient people interested.

Travel to the Meetup point

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£28 per person

Price includes

  • Guided Hike by a trained Mountain Leader with Wilderness First Aid Training
  • Return rail fare to and from the stated destination (subject to the ticket purchased)
  • Event planning and administration
  • PayPal fee

Price does not include

  • Lunch
  • Souvenirs
  • Entrance fees to any attractions you wish to visit
  • Good jokes

*Attendees not requiring a return rail ticket from London or who are meeting us at the Hike Start point the price is only £10 pp

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Jez Malins
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