St Andrew's Church at Alfriston
Next to the church in this pretty villasge is The Clergy House and was the first building to be acquired by the National Trust for just £10
The last leg and probably one of the hottest day of the year so far and so not ideal for walking. When I set out on the 11 mile hike from Alfriston along the river towards the coast I feared the heat may get the better of me. As I got nearer the coast there was a gentle cooling breeze which was very welcome. The coastal walk from Cuckmere Haven into Eastbourne was spectactular and must rank as one of the best in the UK, First there is the River Cuckmere meanering into the sea at Cuckmere Haven although it looks as though in years to come this will all change as the man-made sea defences are being abandoned and the Haven will revert to being a tidal estuary
The Seven Sisters are next and this is an exhausting roller-coaster walk over the seven chalk cliff tops which in my opinion are far superior to their Dover counterparts.After the 'Sisters' there is then the challenge to reach the final high point of the walk: Beachy Head is a spectactular chalk cliff jutting into the English Channel with an atmosphere of its own.
From Beachy Head it was downhill all the
River Cuckmere flowing into the sea
This may all change in the years to come with the sea defences being abandoned
way into Eastbourne and the end of the Way. I don't know who organised this but the church bells started to ring out for me as made my descent. A gesture I appreciated after 100 miles and an 8 day experience I will never forget.
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