View over Cuckemere Valley - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Cuckmere Haven is at the western end of Seven Sisters. This hand-held panorama shows a view over Cuckmere Valley when walking the South Downs Way up Haven Brow, the first of the Seven Sisters hills. Below is the river and Cuckmere Beach and further to the west is Seaford Head nature reserve. Virtual tour taken in early July 2012.
View over Cuckemere Valley - FURTHER INFORMATION
View over Cuckemere Valley - Seaford visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'View over Cuckemere Valley' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from East Sussex.
Cuckmere River and Cuckmere Haven, just east of Seaford mark the eastern end of the Seven Sisters Country Park. East from here the South Downs Way passes over the Seven Sisters, seven hills and chalk cliffs that lie between here and Birling Gap. A little inland, near to the Exceat Bridge is the Seven Sisters Visitor Centre with displays about the geology and history of the region. There is also a tea shop, Golden Galleon pub and cycle hire shop.
These hills have been occupied since neolithic times and a number of tumuli (ancient burial mounds) can be found on the hills. The beach and Seven Sisters Country Park are popular tourist attractions, drawing around 350,000 visitors each year.
The combination of water meadow, open grassland, estuary and pebble beach make Cuckmere Have is an important ecosystem with a rich biodiversity which includes a large number of different bird species and even adder snakes. Constant erosion means that the coastline continues to recede. In earlier centuries the seafront was much further south and the haven was 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: Exeat 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.