I have now been living in London for almost 3 months and have been loving it. I always find myself being busy trying new cafees, restaurants, shops, walking different routes, trying new parks and what not here in London – But this weekend I surprised my partner Lasse with a trip away to the ocean, to get wind in our hair and the smell of saltwater in our noses.
Seven Sisters Hike
The Seven Sisters is a famous hike in the south of England running from Seaford to Eastbourne. The hike in itself is 22.3 km (13.8 miles) long, if you fancy doing the whole thing. We didn’t! Instead we went on a mini version with plenty of time for outdoor lunching and taking pictures on the scenic route.
We rented a car in West London, picked it up at 9ish and drove straight to Seaford. Well.. That is if you don’t take the 5 missing turns, deroutes and some yelling, just trying to make it out of London, into account. But once you are on the M25 you will be okay! SO the drive from London is supposed take 2 hours, but if you are new to driving the left side of the road and new to driving in London, you might want to calculate with a little more time.
We parked the car in Seaford next to the recreational ground. There is a lot of parking near the beach as well, it is a little closer to the beginning of the hike.
The stoney beach of Seaford is a stunning scenery and you could really just sit there for hours listening to the waves, in your red and white striped sun chair while having an ice cream in one hand, and a book in the other – but we will have to do that some other time because we are on a mission!
Make sure you bring:
- Windbraker (It’s a h.. of a wind down there)
- Lots of water
- Lunch and snacks
- Comfortable shoes (you do not need proper hiking boots)
- A bag for your rubbish (no one likes an litter bug!!)
Now there is just one way, and thats up the hill!
We followed the coast line all the way to Cuckmere Haven were the inland river stopped us from going further (we were okay with that!). Then we followed the river into the land till we made it back into town. The route drawn below is 8.8 km (5.5 miles) long and took about 3-4 hours including lunch and pictures – just perfect.
After the hike we drove to Brighton for dinner as it is just 30 mins away. Although once we arrived it started pouring rain and so we drove back to London. The whole trip was about 10 hours including driving, hiking, eating, hiking again and back home. I can really recommend this as a day trip, we had the best day here!
Other ways to get there:
You can reach both Seaford and Eastbourne by train from London, Victoria. There are also busses available between the two cities. If you wish to check out more about the Seven Sister Hike and different ways to do it – have a look here!