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The white cliffs of England – a travel guide to The Seven Sisters

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The white cliffs The Seven Sisters in Sussex are a major nature attractions in South England. Perhaps you have heard about the white cliffs of Dover? The cliffs became a British national symbol during World War II, but the Seven Sisters are considered both whiter and more scenic than their cousins in Dover.And it only takes a couple of hours to get there from London. A great day trip if you long to escape the crowds of London for a while.

The best viewpoints at the Seven Sisters cliffs

Hiking along the edge
If you want to see it all from above, take the Country Park Trail (pdf map) along the edge across the seven hills. The trail continues out of the park as South Downs Way and you can walk all the way to Beachy Head (google link) the tallest chalk cliff in Britain with its of 162 meters. A trip of 12 kilometers.

The classic view
If you want the classic view where you can see all even sisters at once, hop off the bus at Cuckmere Inn (one stop before the Seven Sisters Country Park) and take the trail to Seaford Head Viewpoint. Walk up the hill behind the coastguard cottages.

A walk on the beach
If you want to go straight to the beach, as most people do, choose the beach trail. Here you can get close to the giant chalk cliff, but not really see the coast as a whole.

The alternative
You can also watch the Seven Sisters  from Beachy Head or Birling Gap (Google links)

Up and down and up and down

When I approached Brighton, the thickest mist was on the coast, and I was quite nervous if I had gone all the way without seeing anything !? Fortunately, it was not that bad when I reached. But I chose to drop the classic trip to Seaford Head Viewpoint and instead went along the edge over the heights. Here the cliffs are closer and I thought they would be more clear through the fog. It was a crazy beautiful trip that went steeply up and down. Every time I stood on one of the peaks, I was tempted to see what was behind the next and so I got across four of the seven sisters. I really think the fog has made my pictures a little mysterious and Scotland-like.

How to get to the Seven Sisters Cliffs

If you want to go straight to the cliffs from the airport then choose Gatwick a little south of London. From here there is easy access by train or bus to Brighton (50 min) and from there bus 12x (40 min) departing every 10 min. Get off at the Seven Sisters Country Park. From here you have a 1 1/2 km walk through the park and the Cuckmere Haven valley. A pretty rural landscape with sheep, streams and birds. You can of course also get there by car. There is parking space right next to the entrance.

Links:

Bus table from Gatwick to Brighton

Train from Gatwick to Brighton

Bus table from Brighton to Seven Sister Country Park

The official website of the Seven Sisters Country Park

 

Seven Sisters white cliffs / Sydenglands hvide klipper

After my trip along the cliff edge I ended up on the beach where I could see the impressive cliff up close.

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The white cliffs of England – a travel guide to The Seven Sisters

The white cliffs of England – a travel guide to The Seven Sisters

Gem

Gem

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2 Comments

  • Reply Emmalene 21. April 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Definitely putting this on my UK hikes list!

    • Reply Sarah Green 23. April 2018 at 10:35 am

      I am so glad to hear that Emmalene – the south coast is just the perfect place for a hike! I am soon posting something from Durdle Door and Lulwort Cove – another two amazing places along the English south coast

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