SOUTH DOWNS WEEKEND ADVENTURE
July 8th & 9th 2023
The Seven Sisters is part of a magnificent stretch of coastline between Seaford and Eastbourne, including the majestic Beachy Head beauty spot. The area is designated and protected as a ‘Heritage Coast' and is the finest example of unprotected chalk cliffs in Britain.
- The Saturday walk – a 16-mile walk includes Birling Gap, Beachy Head, Seven Sisters Country Park, Lullington Heath National Nature Reserve and much more. The Seven Sisters section is part of the South Downs Way and is absolutely stunning, but be warned that this is a challenging trail!
- The Sunday walk is a shorter trail and easier on the legs! Just 6 miles and is in a beautiful area (plus a stone's throw away from the YHA South Downs. Southease History Trail (lots to see on this walk)
- This is a challenging weekend, so please only book this adventure if you are physically able to walk the distance coupled with steep hills. This walk will be excellent training for those completing the Camino with us.
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SATURDAY – 16 MILES CHALLENGING HIKE.
Our walk will start promptly at 9.15 am from Birling Gap Car Park. This is a National Trust property so don't forget your NT card to secure free parking. For non-members, arking is £5 for the day (cash or Pay by Phone app).
This is a varied route taking in a mix of coastal paths, woodland trails, and farmland tracks. There are lovely views over the English Channel along the cliff path while you can keep an eye out for wildlife in the woods and open fields.
Highlights of this walk:-
- Birling Gap National Trust Property.
- The fantastic seven sisters and the country park (stunning white cliffs, which is quite challenging!). If you don't like hills then this may not be the walk for you.
- Famous chalk art!
- Lullington Heath Nature Reserve – we will spot wild goats and some rather unusual sculptures.
- Forest trails and woodlands with sporadic views over the moorland.
More details will be published once the risk assessment has been completed.
We should be back at Birling Gap by 5pm.
SUNDAY – 6 MILES | SOUTHEASE HISTORY TRAIL
This trail starts and ends at Southease Railway Station, which is a stones throw away from the YHA at Lewes / South Downs.
Our first stop is St Peters Church. The round tower dates from the early 1100s, and several parts of the church were built before the Norman Conquest. This trail continues on to the village of Telscombe which is a quirky little hamlet, lots of different unique sights to see. We will pop into the church of St Laurence, which dates from the early 1100s. A diversion near Deans Farm allows a viewing of Money Burgh, an oval barrow dating from the early to middle Neolithic period.
There are some road sections on this trail but this will probably be welcomed after yesterday's walk.