The river Cuckmere carves its way through Sussex where it finally meets the Cuckmere Haven estuary and the British Channel. It’s here where the stunning green backdrop of Cuckmere Haven merges with the iconic Seven Sisters cliffs heading east towards the Belle Tout lighthouse.
The flood plains of Cuckmere Haven act as a gap in the chalk cliffs allowing visitors to walk from the visitors centre along the meandering river to Cuckmere beach. It’s one of a small number of places where beach access exists along the section of coastal cliffs. The other notable one being further east at read more…
Visiting Cuckmere Haven
Regular buses stop at the Visitor Centre where you’re just a stone’s throw from joining the valley and walking along the river down to Cuckmere beach. The walk is roughly 40 minutes either way and is flat, or you can choose to walk along the hill for an elevated view and to meet the cliff top at the coast.
Car parking is available at the visitor centre, or take in the classic view of the fishermen cottages to the west of Cuckmere Haven by parking at South Hill Barn car park (pay & display) and walking down the hill to take in the glorious view of Seven Sisters cliffs.
The final option is to park at Birling Gap and walk west along the top of Seven Sisters until you reach the Cuckmere Haven valley. It is hilly but not too extreme and can of course be windy at times.
Whichever way you to choose to visit – please be sensible and stay away from the edge of the cliff. The same applies when visiting the beach below – the cliffs are soft chalk and cliff falls are a common occurrence, so please keep your distance and follow safety signs.
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