Total steps: 6
Total steps: 6
Birling Gap café, BN20 0AB
Starting at the Birling Gap Café, walk along the side of the building, go up the few steps and turn left at the private road, heading uphill along the South Downs Way. At the top of the road, turn left through the gate that has a signpost for the South Downs Way. You are now walking over Went Hill, the first of the Seven Sisters. Go through another gate
Following the path now bearing slightly right, walk up the next hill, where you will pass the Robertson memorial stone. At the top of the hill, Bailey’s Brow, look out for humps and hollows in the landscape around you, including the three ancient tumuli on Bailey’s Hill. Continue straight on, following undulating downland over Flat Brow. Due to the erosion experienced on this coast line could this become the eighth Sister?
At the top of the next hill, Flagstaff, a Sarsen stone commemorates the purchase of Crowlink for the benefit of the public. In 1927 Arthur Beckett and Colonel Mathias of the Sussex Downsmen saved the area from a building syndicate by raising funds to buy the land.
As you look out to sea it is easy to imagine the many ships that have been wrecked along this part of the coastline over the centuries. From Brass Point down into Crowlink it is possible to see the remains of the 633-ton Coonatto on the beach at low tide – the ship ran aground at Crowlink Gap in 1876 and luckily most of the crew and cargo were recovered.
Haven Brow is the last of the Seven Sisters hills, from here the path heads right then gradually left down the side of the steep river cliff. Once you reach the concrete path at the Seven Sisters Country Park you can either turn left for the beach or right along the track towards the A259.
Two Second World War pill boxes can be seen in the Cuckmere Valley. One is visible on Exceat Hill, just to the left of the path among small trees nearing the end of the walk. You will then reach the A259 road at Exceat where there is a visitor centre, tea-room and toilets. From here you will be able to catch the 13x bus back to Birling Gap or the 12 to East Dean.
Seven Sisters Country Park, Exceat, BN25 4AD
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