Opening times for 21 February 2024
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Free car parking at Seaford Head Local Nature Reserve, High and Over (also mobility parking) and the Golden Galleon in Exceat (customers only). Toilets and mobility toilet at Seven Sisters Car Park. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leads where signs indicate.
For Chyngton take the A259 which links Eastbourne to Seaford and passes through Exceat. For sat nav use BN25 4JQ.For Frog Firle Farm take the B2108 (Alfriston Road) between Seaford (A259) and Alfriston (A27). For sat nav use BN26 5TT
The Cuckmere Valley lies on the Vanguard Way, a long-distance footpath that begins in Croydon and ends at Newhaven, and is also near the South Downs Way, which runs from Winchester to Eastbourne. A variety of other footpaths lead to the Cuckmere Valley from other directions. The valley is 3 miles from the centre of Seaford and the station. Alfriston is on the Cuckmere river 5 miles from the coast at Cuckmere Haven, 1 mile from the edge of Frog Firle and 2 miles from High and Over.
Seaford 3.5 miles (from High and Over), Berwick 4 miles
The number 12, 12A and 12B buses run all year between Brighton and Eastbourne these stop at Exceat for access to Chyngton farm and the 12A stops at Milberg Road, Seaford for access to Frog Firle Farm. The Cuckmere Valley Ramblerbus number 47 stops at High and Over car park for access to Frog Firle Farm and Cradle Valley.
Flower-rich chalk grassland with views of the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere River. Haven for wildlife and wildflowers.
Discover what to see and do at Cuckmere Valley. Follow one of the walking routes along the river, look for signs of the past in the landscape and soak in the views.
Looping over Cradle and Hindover Hills, this walk takes in great views of secluded Sussex farmland, as well as a diversion to the quaint village of Litlington.
With fantastic views of the Seven Sisters, Cuckmere Valley is a haven for wildlife, from over-wintering wildfowl to colourful wild flowers.
Cradle Valley is a wonderful example of this species-rich chalk grassland, attracting rare and colourful butterflies and plants in summer.
High and Over's dramatic river cliff has been carved out of the soft chalk by the river below. In 1836 a white horse was cut into the chalk on the steep scarp and it remains a popular natural attraction.
Chyngton Farm was ploughed for food during World War II and artefacts, like anti-tank traps, pill boxes and bunkers, are still visible today.
Pass through Chyngton Farm to Cuckmere Haven and admire stunning views of the iconic Seven Sisters stretching away into the distance.
Changing Chalk aims to protect and restore the landscape of the South Downs - for people to enjoy, for health and wellbeing, for nature’s recovery and for climate resilience. Find out how.