Seaford Head - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama showing the view of East Sussex from the top of Seaford Head, the large headland just east of Seaford. From here you get a good view of the Seven Sisters, the seven hills and chalk cliffs seen marching off to the east. This virtual tour was taken in early July 2012 at the beginning of a (long) walk from Seaford to Eastbourne over the Seven Sisters. Thankfully most of it was sunny.
Seaford Head - FURTHER INFORMATION
Seaford Head - Seaford visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Seaford Head' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from East Sussex.
Seaford Head is a hill and headland at the eastern end of Seaford Beach on the South Coast. The hill rises steeply to about 86m giving great panoramic views over and Seaford and surrounding East Sussex countryside. On the headland are the remains of an ancient Iron Age hill fort, Bronze Age hill barrow (dating from 2400-1500 BC), settlement and prehistoric burial mound (tumulus). In prehistoric times this hill would have been quite a distance inland, but now forms the coastline due to erosion, which continues today. There is also a Romano-British burial ground and WWII defenses.
On the landward side of Seaford Head, overlooking the town, is the 18-hole Seaford Head golf course and club which dates back to 1887, making it one of the oldest in the country. The course is challenging mostly because of the steep terrain and strong easterly winds that sweep the hill.
Also on the head is the Seaford Head Nature Reserve which, combined with the Seven Sisters Country Park to the east, contain about 10% of all the saltmarsh in East Sussex. This is important and increasingly rare habitat, under threat both from developmental pressures, rising sea levels and continual cliff erosion at a rate of about 50cm per year. To the east the headland drops down to Hope Gap where there are steps leading down to the beach.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
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.