The Seven Sisters from Berwick via Alfriston

Submitted by patrikG on 11 September 2007
OS Explorer Map: 123 - Eastbourne & Beachy Head
(20 votes)
A circular, full-day countryside walk in national park South Downs (England) starting at Berwick Station, East Sussex, about 28.6km (roughly 17.8 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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A walk in one of the most beautiful parts of East Sussex along rivers, past beaches, over chalk hills, through forests and quaint villages. Bring a picnic - either on top of a chalk cliff or on the beach.

A good level of fitness and comfy walking boots will make this walk even more enjoyable. 

Start: Berwick Station, OS Grid: TQ525067
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 407m (1337ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 817m (2682ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 410m (1345ft)
Max. Elevation: 120m (393ft)

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OS Grid: TQ525067
Start of the walk - Berwick Station. Follow the road due south. Turn right and follow the Vanguard Way (blue signs)
About 0.9 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 1 OS Grid: TQ516067
Keep following the Vanguard Way (as indicated on OS Map 123) and turn left (south) here
About 1.4 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 2 OS Grid: TQ519054
Busy road, but it's the only one you'll see for a long time...
About 0.9 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 3 OS Grid: TQ513047
Follow Comp Lane towards Winton, you'll walk through a green tunnel (if it's not winter)
About 1.7 km (roughly 1.1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: TQ519031
Alfriston is a beautiful historic village exactly as one imagines them. The location is stunning, right next to Cuckmere river, the parish church ancient and if you time it right, you can catch the village fest around the church on the parish green. Oh, and in case you forgot to bring a sandwich you can stock up at the post office.
About 0.3 km (roughly 0.2 miles) from 5 OS Grid: TQ522031
Follow Cuckmere River all the way down to the beach.
About 3.9 km (roughly 2.4 miles) from 6 OS Grid: TV513993
One more road to cross before you are at Cuckmere Haven
About 1.1 km (roughly 0.7 miles) from 7 OS Grid: TV517982
The Seven Sisters are in sight, start thinking about your preferred picnic spot: hilltop or beach?
About 1 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 8 OS Grid: TV523974
It's a bit steep and will continue to be quite up and down, but behold! the view. Prepare to sweat, this is the most strenuous bit of the walk and great for burning off calories.
About 3 km (roughly 1.9 miles) from 9 OS Grid: TV551962
Head over Sister after Sister towards the lighthouse. When you're just before Birling Gap, make a left after the kissing gate. If you feel like it, Beachy Head is just a tad further on.
About 1.9 km (roughly 1.2 miles) from 10 OS Grid: TV550981
Follow the footpath & signs and mind the cows (and their droppings). Cross the A259
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 11 OS Grid: TV546993
This is mostly forest and will lead you past beautiful estates and through pastoral bliss.
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 12 OS Grid: TQ542006
Hone your navigational skills in the forest. Do make a left at this crossroad.
About 2.3 km (roughly 1.4 miles) from 13 OS Grid: TQ522016
Keep your eyes peeled for a sharp left (blue signs) between two fences/hedgerows shortly after the pub and before the telephone boot.
About 0.8 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 14 OS Grid: TQ518023
Keep following Cuckmere River, the same way you came down, back through Alfriston towards Berwick. The pub is calling already.
About 2.6 km (roughly 1.6 miles) from 15 OS Grid: TQ518049
Make sure you've checked the train schedule before going into the The Cricketers Arms - lovely country pub and even lovelier garden.
About 1.9 km (roughly 1.2 miles) from 16 OS Grid: TQ525066
Hope you've enjoyed the walk!
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