Why the 7 Sisters Cliff Hike is the Perfect Day Trip from London

Hiker’s Guide

As much as we love London, sometimes it’s necessary to escape the urban sprawl. Good news is that it doesn’t always need to break the bank. Instead of opting for a weekend trip that ends up costing the earth, choose a day trip in the countryside. It’s surprisingly rejuvenating and often enough to recharge the batteries.

Seven Sisters Cliff Walk
My friends and I recently felt like going on a substantial hike near London, but only for the day. Once we started doing some research, it proved that there are hundreds of options! We had to weigh up travel time and costs, trail distances and general logistics. After considering Box Hill (too close) and the White Cliffs of Dover (too far), we settled on the legendary Seven Sisters cliff hike – dubbed the best trail in southeast England. And what a good choice we made!

Seven Sisters Cliff Walk

Why Seven Sisters?

Well, the scenery is simply spectacular! Forming part of the South Downs in East Sussex, these chalk-white cliffs can be admired on a series of cliff paths that stretch between the coastal towns of Seaford and Eastbourne. We walked on lush rolling hills, along a gentle river (ideal for kayaking) and over pebbly beaches. The turquoise blue of the English Channel makes the cliffs stand out even more! If you’re brave, like some of the guys in our group, head on in for a swim.

Seven Sisters Cliff Walk

Level & Duration

We started in Seaford and walked along the cliff path towards the lighthouse in Eastbourne. It’s a 22.3 kilometre trek with manageable ups and downs. Allow yourself at least 6-7 hours to walk the whole route at a leisurely pace. Alternatively, you could easily opt to trail run the route. Judging by the wide variety of walkers along the way, I’d say that this is a medium level hike.

How to Get there?

Regular trains leave from Victoria station to Seaford with a changeover at Lewes station. The total travel time (one way) is just under 1.5 hours. We paid 18GBP one way per person. If you walk all the way to Eastbourne, you can catch the train back to Victoria station from there. A bonus is that you can shorten the route as you please, thanks to the no.12 bus that stops regularly along the main road between Seaford and Eastbourn. Check www.thetrainline.com for train tickets.

Seven Sisters Cliff Walk

Food on the Trail

We stopped at the Cuckmere Inn for a pub lunch – it’s about 6 kilometres into the walk and has a lovely outside area where everything from burgers to fish and chips is served. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from in Seaford and Eastbourne, but I’d recommend packing a picnic and finding a spot overlooking the cliffs.

Seven Sisters Cliff Walk

For the perfect weekend adventure from London, read our guide on climbing Snowdon in Wales

Franki Clemens is the founder and editor of Women4Adventure. Originally from South Africa, she now lives in London where she spends her time in search of the next outdoor adventure.


  1. Thanks so much for the great itinerary! Just what we are looking for when we visit London next May! Did you have a guide or just did it all yourself? Anything else we should do close to London while there?

    Thanks – Sandy

  2. Thanks for the information
    One quick question- did you pay 18 pounds for return ticket?
    Can you start the trek at seafood and board the train from Eastbourne with one return ticket or do you need to buy separate ticket?

  3. I have just signed up. Looked at preferences & it was lovely to read about your hike at 7 sisters.
    My free days are a Tuesday & Sundays. One day hikes are what I am looking for at the moment as I need to be around for my husband who is housebound.
    Thank you again, & I look forward to a hike with you all soon

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