GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Seven Sisters - Exceat to Eastbourne Walk

10 miles (16 km)

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.

Postcode

BN25 4AD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Exceat to Eastbourne Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Exceat to Eastbourne Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

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.

Photos

Exceat Visitors Centre - geograph.org.uk - 884090

Exceat Visitors Centre - start point for the walk and the headquarters of the Seven Sisters Country Park. The farmhouse is the last remaining part of Exceat village which disappeared sometime in the 15th century, the farmhouse which is now a restaurant dates from the 17th century along with some of the barns and outhouses many of which have been converted to other uses. The shepherd's mobile hut has a small exhibition inside it. The road is the A259 which has just descended Exceat Hill and is about to cross the valley floor along an old medieval causeway.

Birling Gap - geograph.org.uk - 1597568

White cliffs viewed from the Birling Gap.

Beachy Head - geograph.org.uk - 948045

Beachy Head. Downland slopes gently down on the landward side of the chalk cliff which is here above the lighthouse.

Eastbourne Pier-geograph-3221501

Eastbourne Pier. The 300m long Victorian pier was officially opened in 1870, however work did not finish until 1872. The Concert Hall and Pavilion were added in 1888. Above the concert hall is one of the earliest Victorian camera obscuras. The pier was reclassified to Grade II* listed in May 2009. In 2009 the pier was up for sale for a guide price of £5million. The fire of 30th July 2014 saw the arcade section of the pier destroyed.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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