Cuckmere Haven Beach - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Hand held panorama taken from Cuckmere Beach showing a view of the Seven Sisters and surrounding countryside. The famous Seven Sisters cliffs extend along the coast to the east, to the west is Short Cliff. The beach is pebble and through the middle of it runs Cuckmere River, often unfordable.
Cuckmere Haven Beach - FURTHER INFORMATION
Cuckmere Haven Beach - Seaford visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Cuckmere Haven Beach' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from East Sussex.
Cuckmere Haven Beach lies just east of Seaford at the mouth of the Cuckmere River. This is a pebble beach and the river is often impassable, especially at high tide. This is a popular tourist destination, lying next to Seven Sisters Country Park and on the South Downs Way, attracting over 350,000 visitors a year. At low tide the remains of Polynesia can be exposed, a German ship that ran aground of Beachy Head in 1890.
At the east end of the beach is a wide, gravel path running inland to the entrance of the Sven Sisters Country Park. This is suitable for cycling on and bikes can be hired from the cycle hire shop next to the Teashop and Seven Sisters Visitor Center near to Exceat Bridge. From here the South Downs Way runs west towards Seaford and east over the Seven Sisters to Eastbourne.
Cuckmere Have is an important ecosystem with a combination of water meadow, open grassland, river estuary with oxbow lakes and a shingle beach. This gives rise to a rich biodiversity which includes a large number of different bird species and even adder snakes. It played an important role in local life, being a landing place for smugglers between the 16th and 18th centuries. The Germans studied the beach as a potential landing site during WWII and remains of WWII defenses can still be found here.
Cuckmere Haven has also played a role in several blockbuster films including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Atonement (2007) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Bus: Exceat Bridge / Golden Galleon pub (12, 12A, 12X, 13X, 40)
Walk: South Downs Way form Seaford or Cuckmere Haven. Footpath down Hope Bottom from South Hill.
Road: Seaford is on the A259 just east of Newhaven. It is 12 miles east of Brighton and 10 miles west of Eastbourne.
Train: Seaford Station with links to London via Lewes.