Saturday 19 January 2019

Visiting the Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex

view of the seven sisters cliffs

We've lived in East Sussex for coming on six years now and visited the Seven Sisters cliffs so many times. It is a stunning area and wonderful to walk, but with the massive dips (or seven sisters) it can be a demanding hike and takes a bit of energy and kind weather. Recently we wanted to head out as a family to enjoy a good walk, but not a really demanding one, so we decided to trial the flatter walk from the visitor centre down to the Cuckmere Haven, where the River Cuckmere meets the English channel.

I'm so glad we discovered this area, it was a little further for us to drive than Beachy Head or Birling Gap where we normally go, but it was well worth it. The country park is maintained by East Sussex country council and there are two car parks, one on each side of the road. We found plenty of parking on a mild January day but I'd imagine it would be heaving busy in the summer. It costs £3 for up to 2 hours and £4 for the day. The machine takes coins, credit cards and you can use the Ringo app too.

I was really pleased to see that there are toilets (including an accessible one), a visitors centre (open for limited periods during the year) and a gorgeous cafe serving fabulous coffees, homemade cakes and a super selection of salads.

cafe at seven sisters country park

The easy access trail that we took is 4km down to the beach and back and it is great for pushchairs, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and all sorts of kids fun, like bikes, skates and scooters. My girls preferred to be running all over the place, up the hills, down to the riverside, looking in streams and jumping puddles. It is certainly a fun place to explore.

As you can see on the map below, there is a beach trail, park trail, path to Seaford Head (where you can see amazing views of the whole of the Seven Sisters cliffs profile) and also a path onto the South Downs way

seven sisters walking routes

As always pictures speak a thousand words, so have a look at what it is like -

walking at Cuckmere Haven

Cuckmere river

Cuckmere haven

View to Seaford Head

Tween girl climbing

View to Seven Sisters cliffs

View to Seaford Head

Cuckmere Haven

As well as walking the path and enjoying the views, there are plenty of other things you can do, like pond dipping, canoeing, bird watching and cycling. I also saw a few signs whilst we were there from the Sussex Wildlife Trust who were running evening talks and tots nature walks.

And if you fancy going up on the cliffs, my advice is to wait for the better weather as you can get some amazing views and pictures. Just remember that these are chalk cliffs and they are prone to landslides, so stay a good distance away from the edge. These photos were taken in April 2018, when it was super warm for that time of year!

Views on top of Seven Sisters Cliffa

Why not pin this post for later?

Seven sisters pin

I'm linking this post up with Louise at Little Hearts, Big Love for Country Kids.