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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Sunday Walk Summer Seaside Classic Eastbourne to Seaford

Book 2 Walk 28:  Eastbourne to Seaford (in reverse) T=2.28

Distance:  13.8 Miles or 22.3 km for those more metrically minded

Difficulty:  9 out of 10

Train:  Take the 9:46 AM Ore train from London Victoria (stopping at Clapham Junction at 9:52 and East Croydon at 10:05) OR the 9:28 AM Hastings train from London Bridge (changing onto the above train at East Croydon), arriving at Eastbourne at 11:12.  Return trains from Seaford are at 59 past the hour until 20:59 Buy a day return to Eastbourne.  Note: I included both a London Victoria and London Bridge start, as there are some works at London Victoria on Sunday morning….so it may be more prudent to start from London Bridge….

This is a classic summer’s walk and should be perfect for a hot, sunny Sunday…..with ample opportunities to cool down with a refreshing dip in the sea…..from the Eastbourne beach at the start to picturesque Birling Gap and Cuckmere Haven……It is a challenging walking crossing the Seven Sisters but there are various options to shorten the walk by catching a bus along the route (see walk instructions for details)….  You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions here. For instructions to start from Eastbourne, please also see the instructions for SWC 60.

The recommended lunch spot is the Beachy Head Pub (01323 728 060) on Beachy Head (3 miles/5 km into the walk) which is large and serves food all day. A later lunch or tea and other late afternoon refreshments can be had at the National Trust Café at Birling Gap and/or the Cuckmere Inn in Cuckmere Haven.  Traditionally, Trawlers in Seaford offers a good fish chips for eat-in or take-out.

Enjoy the walk and the swimming!

1 comment:

Stargazer said...

6 off the train headed to the sea front in Eastbourne (loosing one en route who was later found at Birling Gap and lost again just before the precipitous drop to the swimming spot at Cuckmere Haven East) and bumped into 2 others midway through an East Dean circular at the café just before starting along the downs with a late starter joining the group in Birling Gap, making for a total of n=9 in w=hot_and_sunny_with_cooling_sea_breeze conditions. This was a perfect sunny summer Sunday seaside outing. The constant gentle headwind kept temperatures more or less pleasant with two lengthy swims -- one at Birling Gap and a second at Cuckmere Haven East -- providing a refreshing break from the exertions of the South Downs.....In addition to a lengthy swim at Cuckmere 4 added a little excitement to the end of the day by wading across the river in knee deep water....arriving in Seaford with just enough time to gather provisions for the 18:59 back to London.....