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View over Seaford from Seaford Head

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View over Seaford from Seaford Head - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Virtual tour taken by hand showing the view over Seaford, Newhaven and the surrounding area of East Sussex from near the top of Seaford Head. This panorama was taken at the beginning of 13 mile walk from Seaford to Eastbourne via the Seven sisters and Beachy Head on a sunny day in July 2012. From here there is a good view over the golf course, town and beyond over to Newhaven.

View over Seaford from Seaford Head - FURTHER INFORMATION

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The hill of Seaford Head rises to about 86m on the coast just east of Seaford. A footpath leads up the hill from the eastern end of Seaford Beach offering great panoramic views over the surrounding East Sussex countryside, making it a popular tourist attraction to visitors. It is also the first ascent for those walking from Seaford to Eastbourne over the Seven Sisters Cliffs, a walk that is about 13 miles long, rarely flat and always exposed to the elements.

In ancient times this hill would have been quite a distance inland; the cliffs here are eroding at around 50cm per year. On the hill are earthen banks marking the remains of an Iron Age hill fort, part of which has now fallen into the sea. There is also a Bronze Age burial barrow, tumulus, evidence of a prehistoric settlement, Romano-British burial ground and WWII fortifications (Seaford was a possible landing site for German invasion).

Today, the west-facing side of Seaford Head, overlooking the town, is home to one of the oldest golfing clubs in England, the Seaford Head Golf Club estabished in 1887. Here the 18-hole course offers some challenging golf due to both the steep terrain and strong prevailing easterly winds.

Seaford Head is also part of 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 increasingly rare habitat is under threat from developmental pressures, rising sea levels and continual cliff erosion. Just to the east of the headland the South Downs Way descends to Hope Gap where there are steps leading down to the beach.


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.

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