South Downs Ridge, Cuckmere Haven - Saturday 18/05/2019
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Saturday, 18 May 2019 from 08:45-21:00

Distance: 23km (14.3 miles)
Grading: Intermediate/Challenging
Rating: 8/10
Ascent: 740m
Hiking time: About 6.5 to 7.5 hours of actual hiking

Meeting Point

We'll meet at Victoria station from 8:45am, Meeting point near to Boots (no 27)


Everyone's favourite walk. It starts with a South Downs Ridge walk. We will visite the picturesque village of Alfriston. After that there is Cuckmere Haven (a pretty river valley), and a coastal cliff walk into Seaford. You can swim at Cuckmere Haven or Seaford!!

Trip Highlights:

• Hike one of the most spectacular coastal hikes in England
• Marvellous views across the lush valleys to the north and down to the sea
• The route goes through Firle Park and then follows the South Downs Way for much of the day.
• Finish in Seaford
• If the weather is good enough, let's go swim!!

Hike Description

There are three lovely villages to enjoy during the course of the day, all with open churches: West Firle, West Dean, and the old smuggling village of Alfriston, which likes to call its church a cathedral.

During the walk you get a good view of Firle Tower, a watchkeeper's residence. Firle Place was the seat of Sir John Gage, who helped Henry VIII with the dissolution of the monasteries, despite retaining the old religion himself.

The Alfriston Clergy House was the first building to be acquired by the National Trust, in 1896, for £10. A Wealden hall house with thatched roof, it contains a medieval hall and has a cottage garden with some rare specimens.

The chalky cliffs of the Seven Sisters developed under the sea, 70 to 100 million years ago – the chalk is mainly made up of microscopic fossils. Later the chalk cliffs dipped beneath the sea again and came up covered in silt and sand, still visible as the top layer.

Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at Victoria station from 8:45am and leave the meeting point at 9:00am for the 9:16am train.

Meeting point near to Boots (no 27) - which can be seen on the map here of our meeting point:


We will stop during the hike for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We will visit a pub after the hike where we can get refreshments.




The trip is £29 per person which includes the guided hike and return train travel from the group departure station listed at the top of this event.


- Members: £25
- No Members: £29

All events are limited to twenty-five person for a better quality of service and have a comfortable group.

What to Bring

• Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear, ideally hiking boots. Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended
• Water, at least 1 and ideally 2 litres
• Packed lunch/picnic
• Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike
• That's it! We will take care of train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so that you can just turn up and have a great day :-)

Cliffs - danger

There are sheer drops off the cliffs and some of these soft chalk cliffs are crumbling at the edges with chunks regularly falling and no fencing in place. Please keep at least 3 metres away from the edges. If you fall, or the ground at the edge of the cliff collapses it will almost certainly be fatal.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To reserve a place you must make the full payment, otherwise the reservation will not be accepted.

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