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Seven Sisters Cliffs walk – day trip from Brighton


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Last Updated: February 2022

Visiting the Seven Sisters Country Park has been on my wish list for a while. It’s a nice day trip from London and perfect on a sunny day. We visited it on a bank holiday and were really lucky with the weather.

We decided to use public transport on this trip, but you can also book an organised tour with transport in a bus.

We took a train from London St Pancras Intl to Brighton at 07:40. The journey takes 1,5 hours. The train is really comfortable with tables and wifi. From Brighton we made our way straight to the bus stop. We can take 12, 12A or 13 x from Churchill Square.

The bus takes around 1 hour. I strongly recommend downloading the B&H app from here. If you purchase a networkSAVER ticket in the app you can travel unlimited for a day for £5.00 on all Brighton & Hove buses. This price is only if you buy your ticket ahead of time in the app. On the day the same ticket cost £7 from the driver.

South Downs National Park, the Seven Sisters Country Park is made up of 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland.

There is a lot to do in the area. You can go hiking, cycling, kayaking or SUP paddleboarding. The Cuckeme River is one of the best UK kayaking trip destinations. The company Buzz Active offers some great watersport activities in the area. Their kayak trip to Alfriston is a lovely paddle with nice wildlife and gorgeous views to Litlington White Horse. They also offer kayaking and SUP taster sessions, where you can get to know these sports if you haven’t tried them before. A great kayaking experience near London! There is a convenient parking area, next to the river. It is an ideal spot to launch your own inflatable kayak.

This weekend however we decided to do the Seven Sisters Cliff Walk. We hiked from the visitor centre to Birling Gap which is a 4 miles hike up and down on the cliffs. It’s not a too steep or difficult hike. We had nice views along the way looking at the sea, cliffs, sheep and horses. There is greenery everywhere you look. It’s nothing like London. Birling Gap has a cafe, beach and visitor centre, so it’s a nice place to have a rest!

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I really wanted to see Beachy Head as well with it’s lighthouse. The hike would have been another 2,2 miles and we wanted a rest and leave some time to explore Brighton as well early evening. We decided to take the 13 x bus. It saved us some precious time and energy as well!

The views to the lighthouse were great. I scared my mum to death a few times when I stood too close to the edge according to her. Just be careful, as it’s a long drop down there and there’s no fence or anything like that. The hiking trail continues all the way to one of the many charming English towns: Eastbourne. However, we decided not to go any further.


After a few pictures we got on the bus again and made our way back to Brighton, where we still had some time to explore the city. I showed my parents the pier, the Pavilion and finished the day with a nice burger at VBites! They have some awesome stuff. Everything is vegan, but I enjoy food there as a meat eater! 🙂

We took at train at 8 pm and we were in London by 9:30. If you love the outdoors and looking for some greenery I strongly recommend doing this day trip!

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There are many fantastic day trips you could do from London. Don’t miss your chance to visit these places on your trip.

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  1. Gabby / Freedom and Sunshine
    October 27, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I really loving your stories and pictures. 🙂 Greenery of this place is awesome. And the lighthouse looks lovely. Seven Sisters are definitely on my bucket list.

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