Saturday 23 March 2019

Cuckmere Haven

Cuckmere Haven

Cuckmere Haven is an area of flood plains in East Sussex where the River Cuckmere enters the sea. Cuckmere Haven is located in the Seven Sisters National Park and is part of the South Downs. The estuary lies close to Seaford Head, Friston Forest and the visitor centre at Exceat. 

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 at Beachy Head before descending to the seaside town of Eastbourne. 

River Cuckmere

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