Seven Sisters - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Hand held panorama taken from the top of Flat Hill, one of the Seven Sisters that run between Cuckmere Haven and Beachy Head on the South Downs coastline. The views from here are stunning on a sunny day (which can be rare). This virtual tour was taken early July 2012 whilst walking from Seaford to Eastbourne.
Seven Sisters - FURTHER INFORMATION
Seven Sisters - Eastbourne visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Seven Sisters' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from East Sussex.
The Seven Sisters are seven hills along the South Coast between Seaford and Eastbourne in East Sussex. These hills are famous, featuring in many pictures and promotions about the region. They lie within the Seven Sisters Country Park and are on the South Downs Way, which also runs between Seaford and Eastbourne and beyond.
The Seven Sisters start just east of Cuckmere Haven and continue through to Birling Gap. The terrain is chalk grassland with virtually no cover and almost no flat terrain between the brown of one hill and the next descent. In order from west to east the Seven Sisters are:
- Haven Brow then down to Short Bottom.
- Up to Short Brow and down to Limekiln Bottom.
- Up to Rough Brow and down to Rough Bottom.
- Up to Brass Point and down to Gap Bottom.
- Up to Flagstaff Point (and Flagstaff Brow) then down to Flagstaff Bottom.
- Up toFlat Hill (shown in this image) and down to Flathill Bottom.
- Up to Baily's Hill followed by Michel Dean
- Up to Went Hill Brow.
Walking the Seven SistersBecause of the direction of the prevailing winds and lack of cover, most people walk the Seven Sisters in an easterly direction with the wind to the rear. The most popular route starts at Seaford and ends in Eastbourne (listed as Walk 28 : Searford to Eastbourne in the Time Out Country Walks Vol.2). The walk is about 13.8 miles and almost never flat. It is rated 9/10 for toughness and takes about 7 hours non-stop. In total you will do 780m ascent throughout.
From Seaford the walk ascends Seaford Head before descending to Hope Gap where there is a beach. It then ascends another hill before descending to Cuckemere Haven Beach. Here the Cuckmere River is usually impassable and the walk heads inland along the river to the Exceat Bridge. Thereafter the walk enters the Seven Sisters Country Park, back out to the coast and over the Seven Sisters themselves before ending up at Birling Gap where there is a pub, cafe and access to the beach. After this the South Downs Way ascends another couple of hills, past the Belle Tout Lighthouse Hotel (until it falls into the sea) ending up at Beachy Head before descending finally to Eastbourne.
These cliffs are eroding at about 30cm per year, walkers should not stray too close to the edge. It is also advisable to take wet weather gear as the conditions can change quickly with sharp squalls blowing in from the sea. Those not wishing to walk the whole length can pick up a bus at either Exceat Bridge (entrance to Seven Sisters Country Park), Birling Gap or Beachy Head.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Bus: Seven Sisters Country Park Centre (12A), East Dean, adj Seven Sisters Sheep Centre (13X)
Road: A259 runs inland along the Seven Sisters. Parking available at Seven Sisters Country Park centre about 6.5 miles from Eastbourne.
Train: Eastbourne Station to the east with links to London, Seaford Sation to the west.
Walk: South Downs Way