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A short walk along cliff tops and beaches on the south coast.

Seaford Head, Sussex

View from Seaford Head

Looking east from Seaford Head over the town to, in the distance, Newhaven

Several times recently, urged on by the desire to escape the noise of London, I’ve jumped on the train to the pleasant unassuming seaside town of Seaford, somewhere of which I’m becoming quite fond. It’s a bustling, flourishing town and although it lacks the grandeur and flamboyance of it’s better-known south coast neighbours, Brighton to the west and Eastbourne to the east, it is equally lacking in the sense of decline and tackiness of so many towns around the British coastline. Seaford was the starting point for a walk to Eastbourne across the Seven Sisters, the spectacular cliffs formed where the hills of the South Downs meet the English Channel; I came here back in April to explore the abandoned village of Tide Mills, along the coast to the west, and returned to Seaford soon after to head east for the first time along the route described in this post. A fine sunny July day seemed a great excuse for a return visit.

Start/Finish: Seaford Station TV481991

Length: 6½ miles/3 hours

How to get there: Seaford is at the end of a branch line, served by half hourly Southern services from Brighton via Lewes and occasional direct services from London

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A fascinating slice of Sussex social history

Seaford to Newhaven, Sussex

Just a quick post this one, because this wasn’t really a planned walk, just an afternoon wander at the seaside that led me to a really interesting site, ideal for those (like me) fascinated by dereliction.

Start: Seaford Station TV481991

Finish: Newhaven Harbour Station TQ449009

Length: 2 miles/1½ hours, but allow plenty of time for exploring

How to get there: Both stations are on the Seaford branch, served by Southern services from Brighton and London via Lewes.

Tide Mills location map
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