Enjoy a Sussex walk around Seaford Head

PUBLISHED: 10:16 19 November 2020 | UPDATED: 16:12 19 November 2020

The iconic Seven Sisters chalk coastline (Photo by Hazel Sillver)

The iconic Seven Sisters chalk coastline (Photo by Hazel Sillver)


Drink in one of the most iconic views in the world on this coastal stroll

Seaford Head

This coastal nature reserve is owned by the National Trust and two councils and is partly managed by Sussex Wildlife Trust. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, being formed of both sand and chalk, which together provide a habitat for rare wildlife (such as the Potter Flower Bee) and plants (such as the moon carrot). Look out also for peregrines soaring over the cliffs.

Where to refuel

Enjoy sea views while you eat by heading west to The View at Seaford Head Golf Course, or east to the National Trust cafe at Birling Gap. If you fancy a country pub lunch, head inland to nearby Litlington or East Dean.


• Location: Seaford, East Sussex

• Distance: 2.2 miles (3.6km) - one hour to walk

• Terrain: some gentle up and down; grass and stone paths

• Where to park: Park at South Hill Barn, which is reached via Chyngton Road and Chyngton Way. The nearest postcode is BN25 4JQ.

The walk

1 Head west out of the car park. The way is split. Take the grassy path alongside hedgerow.

2 At the corner, ignore the way straight on and follow the path around the corner heading south. Cross over the hard track and maintain direction along the narrow grassy path that runs between fields and a golf course alongside fencing.

3 Upon reaching the coastal path head left. Continue along here, enjoying sea views for one mile; ignore paths that lead inland. There have been cliff falls along this stretch of coast, so please stay on the path, away from the cliff edges.

4 The path leads downhill to Hope Gap, where you can veer off route down steps to the sea if you wish. Maintain direction uphill and continue along the coastal path.

5 Bear slightly left between scrub and you will come to a wide stony track. Instead of heading downhill towards houses, head left on the track, walking uphill.

6 Maintain direction over the cattle grid and continue along the stony track that eventually brings you back to the car park.


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