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Seven Sisters and Friston Forest Circular Walk

moderate(20)
South Downs National Park

Seven Sisters and Friston Forest Circular Walk is a 14.2 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Eastbourne, East Sussex, England that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

Distance: 14.2 km Elevation Gain: 337 m Route Type: Loop

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This circular walk takes in the natural beauty of Seven Sisters and Birling Gap. Follow the path through the Friston Forest. to complete your loop.

hiking
1 month ago

A great challenging walk. Right from the start your walking up hill which gets your legs moving for the rest of the journey. After you pass the church into the forest (which is "closed" due to work) it's down hill for a while and then a long flat walk until you get to some lovely steps which leads you up to a view of the seven sisters and river cuckmare which is a photographers point indeed. steep hill down towards road. cross road to the river and continue along until the bottom of the sisters. The first sister is hardest in my opinion. once you've achieved this the rest although still hard should be easier. get over these and your on the last bit where the begining path joins up with the path your on now. to car park. I've done this walk 3 times now as newish to hiking but love a walk. Would recommend greatly. especially on a sunny day. (not a summers day "wind burn"). Great views this time of year with clear weather (winter) 10/10 on good day 7/10 in rough weather still fun.

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no shade
6 months ago

Not easy unless you want to spend the day on it. I would not let it intimidate you if you are unsure if you're fit enough, since even seeing the seven sisters from Birling Gap is amazing, but this is not an easy hike. Each of the seven sisters requires you to go up and down a steep incline, that is the most treacherous part if you are not able to walk several flights of stairs in one go. I would also wear appropriate footwear. i imagine if it were raining then it would be very slick. the good news is that the path along the cliff is very wide, 15m meters at it's most narrow and much wider at many points, so you will not hold up any other parties if you want to take your time. i had misread the elevation and hoped to run most of it and was unable to do so, it was simply too steep. if you are looking to run it then you can run the very initial .8 miles, walk the cliffs, then run the final 2 miles back to the car park after the last sister. I did not do the full loop so I cannot comment on the inland part of the loop. we took the 12x from Brighton to East dean Bus Shelter, walked a mile to Birling Gap (have a detailed map or ask for directions, it goes through residential area), had a cappuccino naturally, hiked and ran the cliffs, then finished at the Seve Sisters car park (near Friston car park) and took the 12x back to Brighton. round trip the bus was $7 for a 24 hour pass.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail, thoroughly enjoyed it. It is hilly on the coastline so wouldn’t rate as easy.

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