A closure of the Hope Gap steps will be in place from Thursday 17th August 2023 due to work that is required to the bottom of the steps, which are currently damaged through erosion and need repair. Alongside these works, there are some cliff stabilisation works that are also required at this site to include the steps. A closure of the Hope Gap steps is required while the Town Council engages with partner authorities and seeks advice.
The Nature Reserve is easiest accessed by two points; South Hill Barn in Seaford or from Eastbourne Road (A259) at Exceat Bridge.
Free parking is provided at South Hill Barn, Seaford, the nearest post code is BN25 4JQ. From here is a simply stunning walk down Seaford Head to Cuckmere Valley, overlooking the Seven Sisters Cliffs and river mouth. Alternatively, there is parking available at the Seven Sisters Country Park, A259, BN25 4AD, that does charge a fee. This allows access to the Nature Reserve from the northern end of the river if you cross Exceat Bridge and access the Reserve through the rear of the Cuckmere Inn’s car park.
While there why not pop in to The View at Seaford Head for a refreshing drink or bite to eat, sit on the terrace balcony and take in the view.
Miles Without Stiles!
South Downs National Park Authority have been working on creating route maps of trails suitable for people with impaired mobility, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs, please see the leaflet available for download with a route identified on Seaford Head or view the National Park Authority’s website for more information.
Picture: View of the Seven Sisters from the walk down Seaford Head towards Hope Gap and Cuckmere Valley.
We Hear You Now
The South Downs National Park Authority, in partnership with Seaford Town Council, other local authorities and volunteers, has launched the We Hear You Now project which features audio story, new myth and poetry at listening points across the Sussex Heritage Coast. Two of these listening points can be found on Seaford Head, the full leaflet, which includes listening point locations, can be found here – SDNPA We Hear You Now Leaflet
To find out more visit – https://www.sevensisters.org.uk/we-hear-you-now/
*This page was last updated August 2023*