Seven Sisters and Friston Forest Circular Walk

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South Downs National Park

Seven Sisters and Friston Forest Circular Walk is a 7.9 mile loop trail located near Eastbourne, East Sussex, England that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Length7.9 miElevation gain1,256 ftRoute typeLoop
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Enjoy this 12km trail around Seven Sisters and Friston Forest, with a variety of walks, stunning views from the cliffs, a river, forest, farms and lovely hamlets around. Perhaps the most iconic landmark in Sussex, the Seven Sisters is a series of chalk cliffs that abuts the English Channel between Seaford and Eastbourne. There is a National Trust paid carpark at the start of the hike, with toilets and a cafe where you can stop along the way. This is a varied route which remains interesting throughout the whole trail. The highlight undoubtedly being the first hour of the hike along the Seven Sisters Cliff edge, which is absolutely stunning. This part is very undulating with a lot of up and down hill. When its wet and muddy this can be quite slippy, so make sure your shoes/boots have decent grip. The rest is through fields with great views and the last 1/3 is through forest and more fields. If it's a clear day then make sure to enjoy the sunset at the end on the beach with a hot drink. The white cliffs turn pink, it's such a beautiful sight.

Parking: This walk begins from Birling Gap but, you can also park at Seven Sisters Country Park or East Dean. Bus: Route 12/1313 stopping at Birling Gap, Exceat (Seven Sisters Country Park), or East Dean Village.

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Dannii J
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Following the reviews online i did this route in reverse and would 100% recommend. Started at the birling gap and headed towards east dean. It is very steep in places so be prepared, but the views from the cliffs are AMAZING.

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Aulia Charlton
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did a reverse route, amazing, forest walk is kinda warming up, because the sister hills is a challenging with beautiful scenery

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Jacques Smit
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Great walk

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Didn’t Skansen
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Forest is not comparable to the sisters or cuckmere river. Recommend doing the route in reverse to avoid anti-climax and to walk into the view of the cliffs. There is a free car park in East Dean where you can start the route.

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Stephen Facey
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The second half of the walk is not very interesting but the first half makes up for it. Strenuous but not too hard.

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Lily Barclay
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Lovely views, but would definitely recommend doing it on a cloudy day as it is rather challenging at times. We cheated and got the bus from West Dean to East Dean as we were pushed for time, but it was a great walk- going to ache tomorrow though!

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Claus Marer
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The Seven sister and Cuckmere river parts of this walk are great but the Friston Forest must be the worst forest walk I have ever done - it is more an orchard than a forest with long boring Sandy tracks through it. So if you do the circular take the shortest way through the forest and also skip Westdean - Seven sisters are amazing - go to beach at the beginning from Cuckmere river - cliffs are very dramatic there

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Dave Scott
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Great views, lots of different scenery, don’t be put off by the Hard rating but it is a challenge both on the coast and in the forest

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Joshua Bruton
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awesome

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Danielle Doherty
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Great views, lots of different scenery

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ruth hill
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Nikki Goodrich
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Laura Collins
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Great walk with fantastic views. Cliffs, forest and countryside. We clocked this walk at 15km which was a bit of a surprise and it was very very hilly. I missed the hard walk rating which was completely my fault but the views outweighed the joint pain ! Really enjoyed it though.

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Peter Lestyan
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very nice walk along the coast than through local woods. enjoyed despite the wind

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Lucy W
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clear route, easy to follow and absolutely gorgeous walk

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Kate Capellzi
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Parking: There is a National Trust paid carpark at the start of the hike, where you can use the PayByPhone app or use a machine. There are toilets, and the cafe there does amazing hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows, and there is free wifi to use. This is a varied route which remains interesting throughout the whole loop. The highlight undoubtedly being the first hour of the hike along the Seven Sisters Cliff edge, which is absolutely stunning. This part is very undulating with a lot of up and down hill. When its wet and muddy this can be quite slippy, so make sure your shoes/boots have decent grip. The rest is through fields with great views, and the last 1/3 is through forest and more fields. If it's a clear day I recommend timing the hike so that you can watch sunset at the end on the beach with a hot drink. The white cliffs turn pink, it's such a beautiful sight. We clocked this hike at 15km and it took 3hr 20min with two brief food stops.

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Emma Woolley
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We walked this with our 7 and 9 year olds. “Tough but worth it for the views” Cracking walk. We started in Withdean and walked in reverse. Took us 3.5 hours.

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Charlotte O’Brien
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Walk was lovely and managed to catch a lovely day. Coastal walk was beautiful

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Jenny Carrington-Elson
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Simon Hedger
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Nassim Ouerdane
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Mark Fellows
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Adam Hassan
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Justin Draper
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Beautiful walk. The cliffs are stunning, inland is nice too. Walking up the other side of the car park also gives lovely views.

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Rebecca Yeung
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Angela Karafokas
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lovely mix of coast and forest, took about 4 hrs

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Jonathan Tuck
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Great trail. Lots of ups and downs over the hills. The views of the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs are spectacular in any weather. A slow descent takes you around Cuckmere Haven and finishes at the Seven Sisters car park. There is a bus service back to the start. Parts can be a bit muddy and the cliffs are exposed so dress appropriately.

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Phoebe Anna
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Beautiful all the way through with a great mix of different terrains. Great views make the climbs worth it. We started & finished at the Birling Gap national trust cafe where there was plenty of (paid) parking and clean toilets.

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marcin laki
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