Walking Atop the Wild White Cliffs of Eastbourne

Walking Atop the Wild White Cliffs of Eastbourne

During the last 2 years, I’ve been to London quite a few times but never adventured beyond a long walk along the Thames.

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The Wild Cliffs at Beachy Head

 

Then, some time ago I got enticed by an article written by my friend Michael on an easy hike close to London, on the coastline in Eastbourne. As soon as I saw the pictures of the magnificent white cliffs I felt attracted by the place and decided I should see that marvelous place at the first occasion. I didn’t have to wait too long as I decided to spend some time in England in August. A few days in lovely Bedford, visiting my friend Lynne, then a week to explore new places.

[pullquote]Walking atop the white Beachy Head cliffs was a wonderful and magic experience.[/pullquote]

I won’t describe the hike, as Michael did it so well, rather write about how I felt in front of such an amazing landscape. I’ve been hiking quite often in the Alps and the Dolomites, and a few years ago also in Nepal and Peru. All wonderful places, with stunning sceneries. And all dominated by the powerful mountains.

Seven-Sisters

On the Way to the Seven Sisters

 

For as much as I am wild about mountains, walking atop the white Beachy Head cliffs was a wonderful and somehow magic experience. First of all the chalk cliffs, standing very high above the sea and so incredibly white, contrasting with the blue of the sea and the green of the meadows. Then the sky and the light. It is hard to explain, but when I look at the clouds running fast through the sky, I got captivated.

Eastbourne-landscape

[pullquote]I felt enthralled by the wild beauty of the scenery…[/pullquote]

While I was walking up and down the gentle hills, I looked at the various shades of green and how they changed as soon as a little ray of sunshine cleared through the clouds. One of the most striking spots is the view on the old lighthouse. While I was standing there, in the wind, I felt enthralled by the wild beauty of the scenery. So different from the mountain landscape I am more familiar with and so fascinating.

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Enchanting Landscape in Red and Green

 

Unlike Michael, I did walk all the way past the ‘Seven Sisters’ – the famous chalk cliffs chosen as the backdrop for the film ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ – to Alfriston and from there took a bus to go back to Eastbourne. The walk is longer but if you don’t mind a little more exercise the view is gorgeous.

The hike atop Beachy Head’s wild cliffs has become one of my favorites, and I’ll surely go back. With Michael and Marlys? That woud be fantastic!

17 Comments
  • Patrick Goff
    Posted at 17:32h, 28 June Reply

    I’m just about to move to live in Seaford. Looking forward to walking the cliffs but don’t forget the Cuckmere Haven, one of the most beautiful valleys in the world

  • Gemma
    Posted at 13:04h, 19 January Reply

    I’m glad you enjoyed the South coast of the UK. It feels a million miles away for London. The beaches and quaint seaside towns are amazing! 🙂

  • Cathy Sweeney
    Posted at 05:01h, 10 January Reply

    What a gorgeous place. I remember reading Michael’s article, too. Lucky that you could hike at Eastbourne. I’d love to do that someday — maybe I could tag along with you, Michael and Marlys? 🙂 Wonderful photos!

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 21:30h, 10 January Reply

      Oh, a tweetup in Eastbourne, hiking all together… That would be really nice! 🙂

  • Linda
    Posted at 08:41h, 12 December Reply

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for giving me something new to add to my travel bucket list!

  • Dana fisher
    Posted at 09:30h, 15 October Reply

    We cycled the 47 miles from Chichester to the campsite at Seaford. The road is flat to Brighton and the cycle paths hug the coastline from Worthing. You always have the Severn Sisters in ur sites calling you along. We loved it and past Brighton, as u would expect, it’s hilly. We made it to the campsite and stayed for the weekend – lovely. We cycled and walked but it’s well worth taking the time to walk as u hug the coast with spectacular views and theirs some great traditional pubs dotted about to.

  • Suzanne @TheTravelBunny
    Posted at 01:07h, 12 September Reply

    This is my part of the world and sad to say I’ve never walked these cliffs. Having read your post this is something I’m going to put right in the next few weeks! Thank you.

  • Marlene
    Posted at 10:17h, 11 September Reply

    Each year i plan to go to England and somehow never do so. I need to wrap my kids into burritos and just go!

  • Angela
    Posted at 09:57h, 11 September Reply

    Beautiful place, I love all that green and the cliffs make it for a very dramatic landscape.

  • Pete Heck
    Posted at 09:50h, 09 September Reply

    Gorgeous, we’ll be in London in October and will definitely be checking this out!

  • J
    Posted at 07:20h, 09 September Reply

    What a beautiful hike that must be. I have seen the cliffs from the water but have not been on them like this. So beautiful.

  • Jeremy Branham
    Posted at 18:16h, 08 September Reply

    Beautiful photos! Definitely a hike I would enjoy!

  • Suzy
    Posted at 16:08h, 08 September Reply

    These photographs are wonderful! I haven’t seen the seven sisters, but I certainly want to now.

  • Barbara Weibel
    Posted at 08:42h, 08 September Reply

    Gorgeous shots – must put this place on my list!

  • Raymond @ Man On The Lam
    Posted at 18:39h, 07 September Reply

    Love these pics — it looks so peaceful!

  • Michael
    Posted at 17:46h, 05 September Reply

    Wasn’t it gorgeous up there, Simon? We loved it so much too. We will certainly do it again.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 21:03h, 05 September Reply

      Oh yes, such a wonderful place! Thank you again for letting me know about it. And sure, it would be fantastic to go back again all together! 🙂

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