3 of 5 (22 votes)

The Seven Sisters from Berwick via Alfriston

A strenuous walk (countryside) in national park South Downs in East Sussex, England, about 26.33km (16.36 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 8:15h (1 overnight stay). It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 158m (518ft)
Loss 160m (524ft)
Max. Elevation 120m (393ft)
Elevation (total) 318m (1042ft)
Start & End
Berwick Station
Distance 26.33km
Duration ~8:15
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by patrikG on 11 Sep 2007
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. 

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Walk Map


OS Grid TQ525067
Start of the walk - Berwick Station. Follow the road due south. Turn right and follow the Vanguard Way (blue signs)
Stonery Farm About 0.87 km (~0.54 miles) from
OS Grid TQ516067
Keep following the Vanguard Way (as indicated on OS Map 123) and turn left (south) here
Across the A27 About 1.39 km (~0.86 miles) from
OS Grid TQ519054
Busy road, but it's the only one you'll see for a long time...
Towards Winton About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
OS Grid TQ513047
Follow Comp Lane towards Winton, you'll walk through a green tunnel (if it's not winter)
Through Alfriston About 1.74 km (~1.08 miles) from
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.
Cuckmere River About 0.25 km (~0.16 miles) from
OS Grid TQ522031
Follow Cuckmere River all the way down to the beach.
Cuckmere Haven coming up About 3.88 km (~2.41 miles) from
OS Grid TV513993
One more road to cross before you are at Cuckmere Haven
Hello Seven Sisters About 1.13 km (~0.7 miles) from
OS Grid TV517982
The Seven Sisters are in sight, start thinking about your preferred picnic spot: hilltop or beach?
Up Sister #1 About 1.01 km (~0.63 miles) from
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.
Towards Birling Gap About 3.02 km (~1.88 miles) from
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.
Across the fields About 1.88 km (~1.17 miles) from
OS Grid TV550981
Follow the footpath & signs and mind the cows (and their droppings). Cross the A259
Friston Hill to Snap Hill About 1.30 km (~0.81 miles) from
OS Grid TV546993
This is mostly forest and will lead you past beautiful estates and through pastoral bliss.
Towards Litlington About 1.31 km (~0.81 miles) from
OS Grid TQ542006
Hone your navigational skills in the forest. Do make a left at this crossroad.
Litlington About 2.30 km (~1.43 miles) from
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.
Follow the River About 0.83 km (~0.52 miles) from
OS Grid TQ518023
Keep following Cuckmere River, the same way you came down, back through Alfriston towards Berwick. The pub is calling already.
Pub at Berwick About 2.62 km (~1.63 miles) from
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.
Back at Berwick Station About 1.90 km (~1.18 miles) from
OS Grid TQ525066
Hope you've enjoyed the walk!

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