Walk completed August 16, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

July 13, 2014 -- Day 28, Alfriston to Eastbourne, 13 miles

I’ve finally reached the sea. Today’s walk generally followed the Cuckmere River Valley south from Alfriston to the sea. Initially, views of the river were obscured by hedgerows, until the footpath entered the Friston Forest, and then the forest obscured the views. Then suddenly, the path leaves the forest providing nice views of the meandering river emptying into the sea.

The trail then ascended to the top of dramatic white sea cliffs for which southern England is known, and continued along the cliff top for approximately 7 miles, along the Seven Sisters, and past Birling Gap, Beachy Head and several lighthouses made obsolete by GPS. Numerous steep ups and downs made the walk much more tiring than the distance would suggest. Rather than describe the scenery, I’ll just post a selection of pictures.

There were hundreds of people out enjoying the sunny Sunday, but I met only three who were real walkers. Jerry recently completed the South West Coast Path, and he and Jo were introducing Natasha to the pleasures of hiking and camping. Yesterday they had walked from Lewes to Alfriston following the same route I did, and today they were walking from Alfriston to Eastbourne concluding that segment of the South Downs Way.

Jerry, Jo and Natasha

First view of Eastbourne

Guess this car
(Janet and Shirley enlarge to view license plate)

Final SDW sign

I also have concluded the South Downs Way, and tomorrow walk inland again before re-joining the sea in a few days.

Reminder: Click on any picture to enlarge.

© 2014 Ken Klug


  1. Yeah, you made it to the sea, love those cliffs! Beautiful pictures as usual. Great weather for a stroll along the cliffs, have fun!

  2. Possibly a 1952 Chevrolet Styline Deluxe Sport?

  3. That Chevy is a long way from home....Louisiana, hello Janet!

  4. Good to meet you, Ken. It was a great day, and Natasha continued to set the pace all the way to Eastbourne! Nice photo, too - thanks.

  5. The history of how that car got where it is would be interesting.