Eastbourne to Alfriston (South Downs Way)

This is the first section of the South Downs National Trail. The cliff top walk with its dramatic views is recognised as the finest of its type in South East England. 20.3km total.

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Aug. 12, 2020, 6:35 a.m. tvdgreenwood
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Easbourne
On the Western edge of Eastbourne the South Downs Way begins (or ends), and is where we'll start this walk today.

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Beachy Head
About 20 minutes walk from Eastbourne town centre, Beachy Head offers amazing views over the English Channel.

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Belle Tout Lighthouse
The Belle Tout Lighthouse (also spelled Belle Toute) is a decommissioned lighthouse.

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Birling Gap
The beach at Birling Gap is set at the base of the imposing, sheer chalk cliffs known as the Seven Sisters. Despite being set between the well known seaside resorts of Eastbourne and Brighton this is one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on England’s south coast.

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Seven Sisters
The Seven Sisters are a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel. They form part of the South Downs in East Sussex, between the towns of Seaford and Eastbourne in southern England.

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Cuckmere Haven
Cuckmere Haven is an area of flood plains in Sussex, England where the river Cuckmere meets the English Channel between Eastbourne and Seaford.

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Alfriston
Alfriston is a village and civil parish in the East Sussex district of Wealden, England. The village lies in the valley of the River Cuckmere, about four miles north-east of Seaford.

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