Saturday March 9, 2013 – Saturday March 9, 2013
Organiser – Gary Box
When – Saturday 9th March 2013
Meet – Victoria Train Station at 8:45am (Weatherspoons Pub 1st floor above WH Smith)
Cost – £22.00 (includes return train to Eastbourne and guided walk)
With lots of new interest in the group we wanted to add another day walk so new faces have another opportunity to meet us. We will depart on the 9:17 train from Victoria train station headed for Eastbourne. We arrive at Eastbourne on the south coast at 10:45 and will then begin our walk. The total distance is 23.4 km (14.5 miles). From the train station its less than a kilometre to the sea close to the pier. We then follow the coastal path towards Beachy Head which is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain and a well known suicide spot as a result!
The route continues on the South Downs Way along the coast, passing Belle Tout lighthouse. Built in 1832 it has a long and varied history. It’s now a B&B and had to be moved slightly due to cliff erosion (take care to stay at least 5 metres from the edge during this walk). Just beyond the lighthouse is Birling Gap which has some facilities including toilets and a staircase down to the beach where you can get great photos of the famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs.
We will then continue along the top of the cliffs for a short distance further to allow alternative views of the cliffs before heading inland towards East Dean. Depending on the time we should have time to stop in the Tiger Inn for a quick drink. Our route back to Eastbourne follows inland footpaths but the last few kilometres will be along the coast, following the same earlier outbound route.
Our return train leaves Eastbourne at 18:58 and we will arrive at Victoria at 20:27.
What to bring
- Hiking Boots and clothing
- Packed lunch and drink