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Best Walks with a View: South Downs & Seven Sisters

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South Downs & Seven Sisters
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South Downs & Seven Sisters
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South Downs & Seven Sisters
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South Downs & Seven Sisters
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A Walk With a View…

South Downs: The Seven Sisters walk

TOG Tip: This isn’t a circular walk so either phone a friend or hitch a ride back to your car!

Following in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes, this classic English walk sees Julia take in the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters, Beachy Head and the seaside charm of Birling Gap.

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Her walk ends at the Belle Tout lighthouse, with commanding views across the rolling Sussex Downs and the distinctive white English cliffs.

Setting off from the award-winning village of East Dean, Julia explores one of the longest undeveloped coastlines on the south coast – one which is also disappearing at a staggering erosion rate of almost one meter a year. The Birling Gap National Trust cafe is a great place for tea and a cookie!

A classic holiday spot for all the family, Julia discovers the area’s rich social history at Birling Gap, the mystery of Sherlock Holmes’ retirement, and hears how a lighthouse was shifted 17 metres back from the cliff in a three-hour walk that celebrates the natural wonder of this unspoilt classic English coastline.

On a good day you can see 6 counties and the Isle of Wight!

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Seaford, Eastbourne

Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".

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