BY EDGAR DUAY
SITUATED between Seaford and Eastbourne, the Seven Sisters National Park is probably the most romantic and scenic seaside I’ve ever been to. You can spend all day just sitting near the white cliff facing the English Channel opposite Abbeville, France.
You can use the Seven Sisters Country Park situated at Exceat, near Seaford, East Sussex (BN25 4AD) or if you are a member of the National Trust, go to Berling Gap, Beachy Head Rd, Eastbourne (BN20 0AB).
It is called the Seven Sisters because of the seven white chalk hilltops that stretch 14 miles long. It took me 6 hours to walk, taking occasional selfies and chatting with the locals along the way. The best way to approach this walk is from the Esplanade in Seaford all the way to Berling Gap to Eastbourne pier as the views are stunning from west to east. Time to relax and take a dip down at the National Trust site or have a cup of tea while enjoying the view of this magnificent prehistoric scenery.
Furthermore, to the east you will see the Beachy Head lighthouse and the nearby Belle Toute lighthouse, another James Bond movie location. If you are traveling by car you can use the Shooters Bottom pay and display car park on the side of the road between the two lighthouses.
I just couldn’t stop admiring the panoramic view so I kept on walking from the Beachy Head lighthouse to the RAF Bomber Memorial to Helen Garden on King’s Edward Parade to Eastbourne pier and had my fish and chips.
This is not a circular walk so you have to commute back to your car, or you can stay in any B&B hotel nearby. You can have dinner at Cosmo Buffet restaurant near the pier and walk back the following day. Believe me, the view is amazing if you start in the early morning, and if by chance an inversion cloud is covering the deep blue water while the sun is rising to greet you ‘good morning’, it’s even more astonishing.
I have been to this route twice already before the pandemic and I will never get tired of walking and enjoying the wonderful experience that Mother Nature offers. See you next time and remember, “Take nothing but photos and leave nothing but memories.”