The white cliff views on the Seven Sisters walking route in East Sussex
The white cliff views on the Seven Sisters walking route in East Sussex

East Sussex - Seven Sisters Country Park

Spend a day with the Seven Sisters!

Part of the South Downs National Park, Seven Sisters Country Park is a fabulous place to spend a day exploring. It's 280 hectares of impressive chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland.

It’s home to grazing livestock, rare flora and fauna and is a stop off for lots of migrating birds.

The Cuckmere river flows through the Park and visitors can follow a number of footpaths from the Visitors' Centre along the cliffs or down to the pebbly beach.

The Seven Sisters rival the White Cliffs of Dover for their ivory clarity and are often used as stand-ins in films and TV. The chalky cliffs get their name from the seven distinct hilltops that make up their silhouette. There are a number of walking routes to choose from that will give you excellent views of the cliffs and coast - you can stop off at the newly refurbished visitor's centre for maps and info.

The impressive visitor centre is in an 18th century barn, and has lots of useful information, displays and exhibitions on the history, flora, fauna and geology of the area. There's also a shop with leaflets, guides and souvenirs.

Head down to the shingle beach to get some great views of the awesome Seven Sisters cliffs and, at low tide, you can look for crabs and sea anemones in the exposed rockpools.

The area has a long and interesting history, including some fascinating shipwrecks, which you can discover on a variety of shorewalks. Kayaking or paddle-boarding is also a brilliant way to explore the river Cuckmere and gives you a chance to see some of the bird life up close.

Now part of the Heritage Coast, an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and also a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’, the beauty of the area will be protected for future generations.