When I mentioned to a few work colleagues that I was looking forward to taking D to Seven Sisters, I got the strangest of looks. Of course, it quickly dawned on me that they all assumed I was going to Seven Sisters in north London … not realising there is also a Seven Sisters in the Sussex Heritage Coast, which is part of the South Downs National Park.
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.
Not so far from Hove and Eastbourne, Seven Sisters 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.
This walk itself was very pleasant, D enjoyed buy accutane pills 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 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.
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. D was also content playing ‘making bridges’ in a gully that ran away from the sea.
It was hard to leave this beauty spot, but time was getting on, and D insisted he needed an ice cream, while S insisted he needed the boy’s room, so with no facilities close by, we had to walk more briskly back to the visitor’s centre. However, all’s well that ends well, when we stopped by the cafe and tucked into a cream tea and a nice cuppa.
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 effort, you will be rewarded… and I am so glad we decided to explore a bit further afield and discover this stunning natural landscape.