South Downs Way: 2.Seven Sisters Country Park - Southease Station
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The South Downs Way (SDW) has been in use for thousands of years. There is nothing 'new' in any of the routes posted, however, I hope that by presenting the walks in manageable sections it will encourage a few more people to explore if not all, at least parts of the SDW. The whole of the Way is approximately 106 miles long.
There can be few places that are within reach of millions of people where it is possible (excluding a few well-used sections) to 'get away from it all' so quickly amongst such beautiful scenery. For much of the path travelling along the top of the downs there is an amazing feeling of space and peace. Other than weekends it always surprises me how little the path is used (excluding the Eastbourne section and a few other short stretches).
The South Downs Way from Eastbourne to Winchester is easily accessible and well-maintained and winds its way through some of the most beautiful scenery in Southern England.
On this section from the Seven Sisters Country Park at Exceat to Southease Station (near the A26), the walking is extremely varied. You start from the Country Park Visitors' Centre and walk for about 3½ miles in open countryside, woods and next to the Cuckmere River until you reach Alfriston Village, one of the most picturesque villages in Sourhern England. You then start to climb onto the top of the South Downs for seven miles or so until you descend to Southease Station.
There is a huge variety of plant- and wildlife. The SDW is very well-maintained and clearly marked throughout. For the most part it is an easy walk, although there are a few steep hills to climb and descend!
Where possible I have given details of suggested car parking and public transport. I have also suggested ways of getting back to the beginning of the walk by public transport.
Distances given in the directions are approximate – rounded to the nearest fifty yards (shorter sections) or quarter-mile (longer sections).
This walk was originated by Martin O'Keeffe. Walkingworld is delighted to welcome Keith and Ing-Marie Beldam as the new contributors now taking care of Martin's walks from May 2014. Walkingworld, admin and members, would like to say a huge thank you to Martin for all his excellent contributions over the years.
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