The Seven Sisters: Seaford to Eastbourne
Here are a few pointers if you’re looking to tackle The Seven Sisters walk going west to east.
If you’re coming from central London you can catch a train to Seaford from Victoria Station. We came down on the 8.47am service which had a switch over in a town called Lewes. The return tickets are about £20 per person and all up the journey is about an hour and a half.
Once you’ve arrived in Seaford it’s about ten minutes to the beach where the trail officially kicks off.
Chances are you’ll find yourself on a train with a lot of other people with the same plan so if you’re not sure where to go just follow everyone else.
There aren’t markers of the track per se, but it’s pretty clear to see the path of where to go.
About 5km in you’ll reach a beach which is actually the mouth of a small river inlet. There’s no bridge so the track hair pins up and back for about 3km. In theory you could take your shoes off, wade through the water, dry off and start again. Doing this would probably cut 35 minutes off the whole journey. We decided to stick to the track though.
After this part you hit the actual ‘Sisters’ which is where it become very undulating. If you decide to wear hiking boots this is where you’ll be glad for it.
After the sixth sister you’ll reach a town called Birling Gap. We arrived here at about 1pm so it was perfectly timed for lunch. Although, the 12km we’d already covered meant we ordered way too much: juice, teas, scones, cake and sandwiches. Which made heading off again pretty tough.
The second half is very similar to the first, if anything not quite as steep. We passed a pub about an hour after we’d had lunch at a point called Beachy Head. It looked quite popular so if you’d rather shoot for a roast lunch as opposed to cafe food this might be a good one to book.
Remember to stop and actually look back at this point, it’s quite amazing when you see how far you’ve come.
Quite suddenly you’ll walk around a point and see the town of Eastbourne. There are two routes you can take at this point. We opted for the one closest to the sea which meant cautiously trekking down one of the steepest hills I’ve ever seen, but the view was great.
Phone reception becomes a lot more stable at this point so you can put the train station into maps and follow a few different routes to get there.
Start to finish (with lunch included) it took us 4.5 hours from station to station.
We were pretty lucky with the weather in that it didn’t rain. However, the sky rolled from grey to blue pretty regularly and the winds were some of the strongest I’ve ever experienced.
As such, I’d recommend taking a water proof jacket, leggings if you get cold, about a litre of water and something to snack on.