A day hike in the U.K
I have wanted to go to the Seven Sisters for ages. When I saw the Outdooraholics Meetup announcing this hike, I didn’t think twice and immediately confirmed: “Going”!
Finally – one less ‘must do’ from my growing bucket list!
The Seven Sisters is a beautiful series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel. They form part of the South Downs in East Sussex, between the towns of Seaford and Eastbourne in southern England. These cliffs are remnants of dry valleys in the South Downs and were formed at the end of the last ice age by glacial meltwater.
I was so excited by this trek. It seemed the perfect opportunity to enjoy breath-taking views, the fresh sea breeze and have a break from the city.
We met the group at Victoria station around 8 am on Saturday. Yes, waking up early on a Saturday can be painful, but looking back it was definitely worth it.
The good part is that we did not go through the trouble of organising the trip – booking trains, checking train times, etc. Outdooraholics have been organising these treks for nearly 4 years, so we were in good hands. We just focused on enjoying the trip.
Our adventure started in the coastal town of Seaford, which is home to a Martello Tower from 1810 that formed part of a string of 74 towers to defend against French invasion in Napoleonic times, which disseminated the city.
The path is downhill/uphill, but a good proportion of the hike is up high on the cliffs as they loom down over the sea beneath. So this means it can be quite challenging, but we are sure to enjoy a beautiful view from the top.
We continued our trek following the cliffs along the South Downs way past Birling Gap and the Belle Tout lighthouse. The lighthouse was actually moved 17 metres in 1999 to stop it falling victim to coastal erosion. This is a serious risk; It’s shocking to see the fast pace at which the coast is changing.
The hiking group was quite fun. There’s was a nice dynamic; we had the opportunity to walk alone if we preferred or join and talk to others.
Our hike then took us on to the beauty spot of Beachy Head.
We headed from here to Eastbourne for some refreshments in a pub.
After 13 miles, it seemed like paradise.
It was a great day. The promised trip highlights were fully checked:
- Hike one of the most spectacular coastal hikes in England – CHECK
- A great physical challenge – CHECK
- Enjoy amazing views over the coastline for much of this hike – CHECK
- Finish in Eastbourne, England’s sunniest town – CHECK
- Explore the Seven Sisters National Park – CHECK
Thank you, Tracie and Andy, for sharing your passion and being great hike leaders.