Seven Sisters - Exceat to Eastbourne Walk
This walk takes you from the Exceat visitor centre in the Seven Sisters Country Park, to the seaside town of Eastbourne. The walk runs for a distance of just under 10 miles using a coastal section of the The South Downs Way National Trail. The route is waymarked throughout and includes a few moderate climbs as you traverse the wonderful sea cliffs on the way. The area is also great for flora and fauna with Lapwing, Skylark and Perigrin Falcon to look out for. There's also lots of pretty wildflowers and butterflies in the summer months.
Start the walk from the car park at the visitor centre at a postcode of BN25 4AD. From here you can pick up the waymarked trail and follow it south along the Cuckmere River toward Cuckmere Haven. The route then turns east to follow the coast path to Birling Gap. This area includes the picturesque Belle Tout lighthouse and a National Trust cafe where you could stop for refreshments. It's a popular spot with some spectacular views to enjoy from the cliff top.
The route continues east to Beachy Head, the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain. It's another fine spot with views all the way to West Sussex and Kent.
After taking in the views the route then descends to Eastbourne, passing along the seafront before finishing at the pier.
PostcodeBN25 4AD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Exceat to Eastbourne Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Exceat to Eastbourne Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Saltmarsh Cafe & Rooms is located at Exceat and a fine choice for some refreshments on the route. The delightful cafe is set in a 16th Century farmhouse and includes a pretty courtyard where you can relax on warmer days. The rustic café, kitchen and bar serves a delicious menu with a focus on fresh Sussex produce. Dishes make good use of foraged and seasonal ingredients for a rich and distinctive flavour. Saltmarsh also does high quality accommodation if you'd like to stay in the area. You can find the cafe near the start of the walk in Exceat, on the East Dean Road at postcode BN25 4AD.
On the route you could also stop off at Birling Gap where there's a decent cafe. You can sit outside and enjoy a cream tea with fine views over the English Channel and Sussex coast.