This walk is the last training walk I will get done ahead of the “round the Isle of Wight 65 mile event in two weeks time.
I decided on a pure enjoyment walk amongst some of the best scenery East Sussex has to offer so did the route from Alfriston, along with the South Downs Way to Southease station, then dropping down into Newhaven along the Ouse Valley path, then a little 5 mile loop out towards Peace haven and back to Newhaven. From here its along the coast through Seaford to the Cuckmere Haven then up through Exceat to Alfriston. Stunning scenery and great weather.
I was accompanied along the route by Becky and we met up with Andrew Camsell at Cuckmere Haven for a photo shoot and a publicity video interview about the whole walking for Autism events I am doing this year for the National Autistic Society. The backdrop for this interview could not have been more stunning as we had the sun, full on to, the Seven Sisters cliff drop. Absolutely breath-taking.
I was accompanied by Becky and both had Slimming World friendly lunch packs which were mostly consumed at the half way point on the outskirts of Peacehaven.
Once nearly back the call of a “half of Long Man Brewery Best Bitter” in the Plough & Harrow to quench the thirst called… well… a half for me but couldn’t possibly say the same for Becky.
The route across the top of the South Downs Ways allows you to see the majority of the coastal section of the walk from the chimneys of the Newhaven waste treatment plant, with its juxtaposition amongst the Ouse valley, all the way across to the Cuckmere Haven with its idyllic seaman’s houses that featured as Luther’s coastal property in the TV series of the same name.
Across the far side of the Seven Sisters is Bell Tout lighthouse which, apart from being famous for being moved 17 metres in 1999 due to cliff erosion, was in 1986 bought and used by by the BBC who used it in the making of Fay Weldon’s “Life and Loves of a She-Devil”.