Seascapes and saltmarsh

Walking trail

Enjoy a walk with far reaching views to the sea, over the downs and northwards towards the Weald. Smell the salty tang of the air and listen to the cries of seabirds as you discover this unspoilt spot.

Sunset lends stunning colours to the winding Cuckmere meanders


Map route for a heavenly haven at Chyngton


South Hill Barn car park


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


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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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.


South Hill Barn car park

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The walks on the valley floor can be muddy in winter so wear proper outdoor shoes.

Seascapes and saltmarsh

How to get here

South Hill Barn car park, Seaford
By road

Take the A259 through Seaford and follow signs for South Hill Barn.  For satnav use BN25 4AB

Seascapes and saltmarsh

Facilities and access

  • Free car parking at South Hill Barn
  • There are no picnic tables but picknickers are welcome. Please take your litter home with you.
  • Cafes and pubs in Alfriston and Littlington
  • ‘Saltmarsh’ tea room at Seven Sisters Country Park
  • Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leads where indicated. Please clean up after your dog