Trip to the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head: cursed and wonderful

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The Seven Sisters Country Park is a wonderful area of Sussex, the ideal place to understand why the British are so in love with their beautiful countryside.
The Seven Sisters are seven chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, lined up on the edge of southern England. So beautiful to be also chosen for the opening scene of "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" starring Kevin Costner.
On the other side, Beachy Head is their eastern neighbour, overlooking everything with its 162 meters and the macabre stories that surround it.
The wind blowing almost interruptedly and the waves incessantly beating the cliffs erode the chalk, which then fills the air and water of flares and silver reverberations all around.

Seven Sisters


The Seven Sisters Country Park is located on the English south coast, in Sussex.
From London you can easily get there by car, train or bus keeping the city of Eastbourne as a reference point. The train ride from London Victoria Station to Eastbourne lasts about 90 minutes.
Eastbourne is full of nice hotels where you can stay, even beachfront, at reasonable rates.

Eastbourne Pier

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If you travel by public transport, at the beautiful Eastbourne pier there is the main bus stop, where you can take the Eastbourne Sightseeing: the adult ticket is £ 10 (payable only by cash) and gives you the possibility to pop-on and pop-off at any stop along the way as many times as you want within the 24 hours.
At the "Seven Sisters" stop (15 minutes from Eastbourne) you will find the Visitors Centre, where the three main paths start and where you can rent a bike if you want.

cattle grazing

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At the Visitors Centre, some maps will help you to decide the path that more suits you among the three that start from there and the scenic one that, from the Cuckmere Inn, leads to the famous Seaford Head coastguard cottages.
Download the brochure by clicking HERE.

coastguard cottages seven sisters

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This cliff, the highest in England, has become famous over the centuries for being repeatedly chosen by people who wanted to commit suicide by jumping into the sea. The first cases were reported in the seventh century but, despite these terrible stories, Beachy Head is a place of great beauty.
By bus you get off at the "Birling Gap" stop, the point of reference also for those travelling by car or bicycle. Birling Gap is a natural cove between the cliffs from which you can enjoy a superb view on the Seven Sisters Park and on the South Downs one. In 1878 some coastguard cottages were built to keep this important stretch of sea under control and today they serve as a café with tables on the lookout. From here you can walk up towards the top of Beachy Head, where the Belle Tout will welcome you: a lighthouse that dates back to 1832 and is now converted into a B&B, where you can spend the night surrounded exclusively by the peace (or the fury) of the elements.
Walking eastward, in the distance you will see a second lighthouse, red and white striped, built at sea in 1902. After 80 years of honourable service, it is today no longer active, but it continues to decorate landscape.

Beachy Head lightbouse

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The most common choice is to stay in a hotel in Eastbourne or in East Dean.
In case you are camping lovers and want to immerse yourself in this natural paradise, you may request a special permission to sleep at the Foxhole Campsite, the only place where you can pitch a tent in the park.
The Belle Tout is, of course, the most romantic and wild option.

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