The peaceful river meanders gently towards the sea through lush fields of grazing sheep and cattle and is home to a large variety of aquatic birds. The shingle beach is dominated by the towering chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters.
Cuckmere Haven is the ideal place to start or end a walk along the cliffs of the Seven Sisters. From the visitor centre car park or the public house at Exceat (which is also on a regular bus route from Eastbourne to Brighton) take the footpath beside the river heading towards the beach following the path up onto the grassy clifftop. Continue along the undulating downland with stunning views of the chalky cliff face and the English Channel. After reaching Birling Gap continue along the downs passing the Belle Tout Lighthouse and the dramatic cliffs and lighthouse and Beachy Head before descending to the seaside town of Eastbourne.