Walk 3 – Cuckmere Haven to Seaford, Sussex
The stretch of shoreline from the Cuckmere Haven to Seaford, Sussex is only a couple of miles long but it has a certain pleasing solitude. A great spot for quiet reflection and like many of my shoreline walks, I had the beach to myself.
For this walk, I park in Chyngton Lane off the A259 Eastbourne Road, the first turning on the right after the Exceat bridge (map ref: TV504 994). Cross the road onto the bridleway which leads to South Hill Barn, joining the footpath which leads past some very well photographed houses, onto the beach.
The familiar chalk cliffs have a deeper crust of soil than the Seven Sisters, which stains the white limestone brown after heavy rains.
Walking west, you'll pass Hope Gap, another beach access point with steps, which makes for an escape route if you do get into trouble.
Climbing over rock falls and crunching along pebble beaches, it's not long before you see the 'shark fin' rock and sea defence at Seaford. Look out for the rusting corpse of a long forgotten shipwreck, basking in the shallows.
Approaching Seaford, look for a gap in the wall to your left. This is the 'exit'. Don't climb the sea defence blocks. They are slippery, have large gaps and could easily ruin your day. Trust me on this one!
The return is a gently undulating stroll over Seaford Head back to Cuckmere Haven. Simply turn right up Hawks Brow and follow the cliff top path back. Watch for wayward golf balls though – you'll see what I mean.
With gorgeous views over the Seven Sisters, the Cuckmere Haven and the channel, this leg is a delight.
On this walk…
- Check the tides, especially if returning along the shoreline
- The rockfalls have been fairly large along this shoreline
- Take care when climbing over the sea wall at Seaford
- OS Explorer map 123 Eastbourne & Beachy Head