Circular walk: South Downs

For the first time we will be trialing two new circular walks, in the South Downs and Cardiff Bay, where you have the opportunity to join other people walking for water. For these walks you do not have to register as part of a team but can register as an individual.

We would like to make these the flagship walking events of Coast Along, so if you would like to be part of something bigger please do sign up!

Once you have signed up, we will be in regular contact up until the big day with more detailed information about the walks themselves and how to fundraise.

The South Downs, grassland and blue sky

The glorious South Downs. Image credit: Dave Spicer

South Downs circular walk

Starting and finishing at Exceat Visitors Centre in Seven Sisters Country Park you will have a 3 mile, 5 mile and 10 mile walk to choose from, depending on how energetic you are feeling! We are also hoping to have a shorter buggy-friendly route so all the family can enjoy a day out.

Seven Sisters Country Park comprises of 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland and the walk along the cliff tops is described by some as the best walk in Southern England!

Once you have experienced all the wonders of the park and cross the finish you will be treated to a well deserved cream tea and homemade cakes, courtesy of the Farmhouse Restaurant based at Exceat, providing a great end to the day!

Download a map of the area here. (PDF)

The 10 Mile Walk

From Exceat Visitors Centre this follows the South Downs Way along the spectacular chalk cliff top to Birling Gap.  It then turns inland and returns via East Dean and Friston Forest.


  • Stunning views from the cliff tops
  • Varied scenery en route, from dramatic sea views to the beautiful and tranquil Friston Forest.  The forest was planted after the First World War to provide trench planking – now almost 90 years old the beeches are managed by the forestry commission
  • There is a large café half way round called The Birling Gap Café where you can grab a spot of lunch or you can drop down onto the beach and have a picnic!
  • Another great place for a bite to eat is the Tiger Inn in East Dean

Rating: Moderate (there are some fairly steep climbs along the cliff top and then it is easier going back through Friston Forest)

The 5 mile Walk – The Habitat Trail

Starting and finishing at Exceat Visitors Centre, this is a 5 ¼ circular trail around the perimeter of Seven Sisters Country Park.


  • Scrub land providing shelter for a variety of wildlife.
  • At low tide it is worth walking out onto the rocky shore platform which gently slopes away from the base of the cliffs to expose rock pools teeming with life.
  • Cuckmere Haven which is one of the country’s first voluntary Marine Conservation Areas, whose aim is to protect the marine wildlife and geology of the area.

Rating: Easy

The 3 mile Walk – The Park Trail

Starting and finishing at Exceat Visitors Centre, this is a 3 mile circular route taking in much of the scenery of the Habitat Trail

Rating: Easy

Start times: Depending on numbers, we may have to stagger the start times for everyone but it will approximately start between 10am and 11am to give people enough time to travel here.  If you are arriving by car, we recommend you get here earlier so that you can easily find a car parking space.

How to get to Exceat

We are encouraging as many people as possible to use public transport. The details are as follows:

  • The nearest town to Exceat is Seaford. You can get bus number 12 or 12A from just outside the train station to Exceat, which takes about 10 minutes. You may also find this website useful:
  • If you are traveling from Brighton or Eastbourne you can either get the train to Seaford and then the bus to Exceat or you can get bus number 12 or 12A directly from Brighton or Eastbourne to Exceat Vistors Centre.
  • If you are travelling from London you can get a train from London Victoria to Seaford. It takes one hour 30 minutes with one change at Lewes.  They go every half hour from London Victoria.
  • For more detailed information please click here
  • We are encouraging everyone to go on public transport but there are two car parks at the Exceat Visitors Center.
    Address of Exceat Visitors Centre:

East Sussex
BN25 4AD

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