A heavenly haven at Chyngton

Walking trail

Due to erosion and subsequent footpath closures we do not recommend visits undertaking this walk at the moment. Updates to the walk will be posted once repairs have taken place. Thank you. An easy to moderate stroll taking in the chalk downland of Seaford Head local nature reserve, with stunning views of the Seven Sisters. Follow the river meanders of the Cuckmere valley as it snakes down to the sea at Cuckmere Haven, and return via Chyngton Farm.

Sunset lends stunning colours to the winding Cuckmere meanders


Map for Chyngton Farm walk trail


South Hill barn car park (not National Trust), grid ref: TV504980


From South Hill Barn car park, follow the central track past the gate and straight on down the hill along the middle track. Make your way towards the cattle grid and enjoy the emerging views of the Seven Sisters in the distance.


At the cattle grid turn right and follow the path towards the sea. At the bottom you will find steps down to Hope Gap, one of only four access points to the beach between Seaford and Eastbourne. Turn left and head up the (steep but short hill). Follow the path towards the historic Coastguard Cottages.


Pass the coastguard cottages and follow the path down to the beach. Walk along the top of the shingle bank towards the river bank and follow the path along the top of the bank as it turns and follows the river upstream.

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Views towards the Coastguard Cottages and Seven Sisters


Continue along the top of the river bank and follow as it turns left. This will take you along a narrow section surrounded on both sides by scrub. When you reach the next junction take the gate on the left.

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Little Egret


Pass through the narrow gap in the scrub and turn left. Keeping the line of scrub on your right skirt along the top of the field heading for the stile in the corner.


Follow the path along the valley edge until you reach the stile in the fence on the right. Go over the stile and walk up the steep hill. The large patch of trees on your right is known locally as Harry’s bush. Take a chance to pause halfway up the hill and enjoy the views across the valley to the Seven Sisters Country Park and beyond to Friston forest and north towards High & Over. Bearing right continue up the hill and aim for the narrow gap in the scrub at the top.

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Climb over the stile and turn right on to the track which leads back up the hill to the car park.


South Hill barn car park (not National Trust), grid ref: TV504980

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A heavenly haven at Chyngton


Easy walking, mostly flat, will be muddy in winter. Some slopes but not steep.

Dogs welcome, on leads where indicated. Please take mess home with you.

A heavenly haven at Chyngton

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A heavenly haven at Chyngton

How to get here

South Way, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4JQ
By train

1.5 miles (2.5 km) from Seaford station.

By road

Off the A259 (which links Eastbourne to Seaford) via Sutton Avenue, Arundel Road, and Chyngton Road. For sat nav use BN25 4JQ.

By foot

Follow the footpath across the golf course from Chyngton Road, or take the bridle path straight up Chyngton Lane.

By bus

The number 12, 12A and 12B buses run all year along the A259 between Brighton and Eastbourne; these stop at the top of Chyngton Lane.

By bicycle

Bridle path runs from the A259 up Chyngton Lane to the car park.

A heavenly haven at Chyngton

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leads where signs indicate
  • Golden Galleon pub for toilets and refreshments
  • Visitor centre at Seven Sisters Country Park with toilets and tea-room