We began our walk from the east side of Brighton; on the edge of Kemptown down by the Marina. We took the undercliff walk a path following the base of the chalk cliffs through Rottingdean to Saltdean. When we got to Rottingdean we walked in land to Kipling Gardens a traditional English garden. Set inside flint walls. Once in Saltdean the path heads over the scenic Telscombe Cliffs to Peacehaven only a short way before heading down to a secluded beach. We decided to camp in Telscombe Village in the fields bordering the South Downs away from the main road. The following morning we woke up with the day and began early for an undisturbed look at the Seven Sisters. We took a bus to Seven Sisters which follows the country road only passing by stand alone cottages and county pubs on the undeveloped coastline. Our destination was the village of Birling Gap where the National Trust site and beginning of the Seven Sisters is. With our last evening camping ahead of us; we spent a restful day here before seeing the sunset over the expansive landscape feeling immersed in the nature that surrounded us.
In town we were able to prepare ourselves for the evening and the following day. We took a moment to look out to the sea and the endless horizon in front of us before heading down the path to a secluded beach. We found ourselves on a concrete ledge with a small stoney beach on either side. The beaches were secluded separated by the rough cliff face, the setting was serene. The scene from below the cliff was as beautiful as above, now being surrounded by chalk cliff faces the organic coastline cut by the sea. In the evening before walking to our campsite we noticed the The Smugglers Rest and decided to have a drink. We sat outside on the wooden decking and looked to the sea and down the coast from where we had come.
When you arrive you are faced with open grassland covered with accessible paths from Birling Gap National Trust site to the coast and the Seven Sisters. You can choose to follow a meandering river surrounded by marsh land to the coast or take a path with a steady incline up the hillside to look out over the valley. Seven Sisters is where the South Downs meets the sea. From the green rolling hills and the marshland to the vast untouched coastline and chalk cliffs I felt a sense of release and appreciation given my surroundings. Down in the valley the river flows into the sea and you are able to paddle in the waters on calmer days. We spend the day wandering through the fields followed by a seasonal picnic with only nature to look upon in all directions. From the cliff top you can walk the coastal path towards Beachy Head for 5 miles in a loop in land or by using the local bus route 12 Coaster back from Eastbourne.
Q & A
What would you have changed?We would have set up our tent before walking The Coastal Path from Seven Sisters
Anything go wrong during the trip?Be careful to check bus timetables on a Sunday as they are not regularly
Tips you would give a friend?Bring non essential comforts with you (a picnic blanket for example) to make the most of the day
Packing tips?Hold on to hope for sunshine (and swimming) and be prepared for the cold
Transportation Tips?There was the option to get a bus on any part of the our walk (we decided to get one back to Brighton)