Wanderlust Publications have recently announced that a walk along the Seven Sisters is one of the top five scenic trails on National Trust land in the UK.
What walkers, and tourists to the area, often fail to realise however is that the world-famous view of the Seven Sisters is actually from a viewpoint within the Seaford Head Nature Reserve; land owned and funded by Seaford Town Council and cared for on its behalf by Sussex Wildlife Trust.
The viewpoint can easily be reached by walking from South Hill, where there are car parking and catering facilities. A gravel track slopes down towards the equally famous Coastguard Cottages where the stunning view opens up. Walkers can continue along a grassy path parallel to the Cuckmere River, eventually coming to the road bridge which enables them to cross to the other side and access the base of the first Seven Sister, Haven Brow.
Alternatively, walkers can turn west and follow the Vanguard Way to Hope Gap (look out for William Nicholson’s film of the same name) and beyond. The track leads to Seaford Head Golf Course, where the 300ft drop from the 18th hole is also a worldwide attraction, and The View – the perfect spot to stop for a drink or meal.
Continue on the coastal path as it descends to the promenade. Pass by the ancient Martello Tower – or stop to visit the fascinating Seaford Museum housed within it. From a little further along, the town centre is just a stone’s throw away. Ensure you allow time to browse the eclectic range of shops and boutiques; there are many arts and crafts traders, art galleries and the biggest, independent toy shop in Sussex, in addition to some seriously tempting cafés and restaurants.
Those less energetic might consider hiring a beach hut for the day; a perfect base from which to enjoy more stunning views to the towering heights of Splash Point to the east, and Newhaven harbour to the west. Set right in the middle of the bay, close to Frankie’s Beach Café, there’s huge enjoyment to be had from this long-held seaside tradition. Or if you are looking for a more permanent beachside bolthole in this great town, then a few of the high-quality Bönningstedt beach huts remain for sale.
To have such a famous location as the Seven Sisters so close to the town is a huge asset. Drawing visitors to the centre, hence supporting the local businesses and economy, is high on the list of Seaford Town Council’s strategic objectives. And there is lots more to discover.