When I mentioned to a few work colleagues that I was looking forward to visiting Seven Sisters, I got the strangest of looks. Of course, they all assumed I was going to Seven Sisters in north London… not realising there is also a Seven Sisters Country Park in the Sussex Heritage Coast, which is part of the South Downs National Park.
Heading to Seven Sisters Cliffs
I love being near the sea… it has an instant calming effect on me, it brings back wonderful memories of my past travels, and the soothing sounds of the waves crashing against the shoreline give me an instant recharging boost. We’re close to Brighton, and often travel down there when the mood takes us, but it can be extremely busy, especially during warm weather.
So with this in mind, and conscious that we didn’t want to travel too far away in the car, I researched the coastline and beaches within our vicinity and I was blown away by the number of places I hadn’t even heard of, which is why we chose to go to Seven Sisters Country Park.
Not so far from Hove and Eastbourne, Seven Sisters Country Park is made up of 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland – and is also working farm. Once we parked up in one of the two car parks (which was a feat in itself as it was super busy) we found a natural trail that snaked alongside the Cuckmere river.
Taking a Seven Sisters Cliff Walk
The Seven Sisters walk itself was very pleasant and enjoyed wandering along the riverbank and watching the canoeists in the water, the many dogs that were being walked and the sheep grazing in the fields. The easy access trail is well sign-posted and after a slow jaunt of about 25 mins, we reached a fork and headed in the direction of the beach.
Seven Sisters Beach
Once we reached Cuckmere Haven, a pebble beach that is very quiet, we were blown away by the view of the Seven Sisters Cliffs. We set up a large blanket and some snacks and spent a good while walking along the shoreline marvelling at the natural wonder before us. Monkey was also content playing ‘making bridges’ in a gully that ran away from the sea.
It was hard to leave this beautiful spot, but time was getting on, and Monkey insisted he needed an ice cream and with no facilities close by, we had to walk more briskly back to the visitor’s centre and the Seven Sisters Country Park Cafe – which had a lovely outside garden where we enjoyed tea and sweet treats.
Sometimes, it can be liberating to just choose somewhere off the bat, and then bundle into the car. It’s easy sometimes to make excuses and blame the traffic, or that you don’t have enough time – but there is always an upside to the effort, you will be rewarded… and I am so glad we decided to explore a bit further afield and discover this stunning natural landscape and take a Seven Sisters cliff walk as a family.
Things To Know Before Visiting Seven Sisters Cliff
• Seven Sisters Country Park is situated at Exceat in East Sussex, just off the A259 between Eastbourne and Seaford – Seven Sisters Country Park, Exceat, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4AD
• There is at Seven Sisters Visitor Centre where you can find leaflets, maps and souvenirs.
• Seven Sisters Cliffs Parking – There are two pay and display car parks which are signposted. They get very busy, so to them early if you want to find a space.
• To enjoy a Seven Sisters walk follow the signposts. There is also an easy access trail which is suitable for pushchairs and people with impaired mobility, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.