|Name of walk||Eastbourne to Cuckmere Haven|
|Date of walk||2019-09-21|
A walk from Eastbourne Pier via Beachy Head, Belle Tout Lighthouse, Birling Gap and The Seven Sisters to Cuckmere Haven. I had walked the Seven Sisters six years ago with Fr. John, but I fancied doing them again and extending the walk to include a couple of iconic landmarks. I set off from Brighton at 8.45am on a very sunny Saturday.
A gorgeous day taken from our Brighton flat looking out to sea. The bus stop was just at the end of the road, opposite the Sea Life Centre.
It took nearly an hour and a half to reach Eastbourne Pier. Plenty of time to savour the excellent views from the front of the top deck.
View west from the pier.
View back to Eastbourne Pier from the promenade.
Eastbourne Bandstand is on a grand scale! Must be fun to play here
The Wish Tower is one of 74 Martello Towers built along the south coast to defend against Napoleon in the early 1800's
I need to head up there!
The way up is steep, but you get great views back to Eastbourne and the pier.
Despite the sunshine it is a windy day today. People are using the cliffs at Beachy Head to their advantage.
Classic view of the lighthouse at Beachy Head. It is 43 m (141 ft) in height and became operational in October 1902. It was the last traditional-style 'rock tower' (i.e. offshore lighthouse) to be built by Trinity House.
The view is stunning in the sunshine.
For fellow cult TV nerds, the lighthouse was a setting in an episode of Patrick McGoohan's TV series 'The Prisoner' called 'The Girl Who Was Death'.
The view ahead to Belle Tout Lighthouse and The Seven Sisters.
I keep to the cliff edge on my walk...but not too close!
The route is undulating.
The ups and downs are steep. This is my first long walk without my walking poles, the ups are fine, the downs I need to take care on. This walk is not designed for knee replacements.
Approaching Belle Tout Lighthouse.
Taken on my mobile by a couple I got chatting to.
The Belle Tout Lighthouse built in 1832 is a decommissioned lighthouse. It is now a B&B and a popular TV and film location.
There is a small cafe here.
The Seven Sisters are getting nearer. I head for Birling Gap.
The Seven Sisters.
Taken just above Birling Gap.
There is a set of metal steps down to the beach here, as well as an NT restaurant and toilets. I buy an ice cream and continue on.
View from the top of the metal steps. I don't go down to the beach this time.
Each of the Sisters has a name, I take this for my record.
View back to Belle Tout Lighthouse.
This photo gives an idea of the scale of each hill. Most people are sensible and stay away from the edges.
The Seven Sisters are not just up and down, but in and out too!
Cuckmere Haven. This is an area of flood plains where the river Cuckmere meets the English Channel between Eastbourne and Seaford.
Looking across to the coastguard cottages at Seaford Head.
I follow the river, which contains several oxbow lakes, inland to Exceat and the Visitor Centre of the Seven Sisters Country Park. I have a well deserved coffee, then catch the bus back to Brighton.
The West Pier at sunset.
Brighton from Brighton Pier.
The West Pier and the BA i360, which I went on last visit.
The walk was eight and a half miles and took me five hours. A beautiful walk on a glorious day!