Sussex Heritage Coast, East Sussex
The Sussex Heritage Coast stretches from Eastbourne to Seaford in East Sussex, taking in part of the South Downs National Park, the iconic white cliffs and the Belle Tout lighthouse at Beachy Head, and the Seven Sisters. In case you’re wondering, the ‘sisters’ are actually the valleys between the 8 chalk hills along this part of the coastline.
This was the UK’s first Heritage Coast and is visited by a million people each year. Heritage Coasts were established to protect and conserve the best stretches of unspoilt coastline, focussing on wildlife, landscape, tourism, recreation, heritage and the local community. There’s a lot to be considered and protected, including, in certain sections, the chalk reefs that provide a habitat for the snouted seahorse, one of only two species of seahorse found in the UK.
The best way to see the Sussex Heritage Coast is to follow the 5 mile Heritage Coast Walk; stop along the way to admire the breathtaking views inland and out to sea, to pause for a bite to eat at one of the cafes or country pubs, or to take five on the beach at Birling Gap or Cuckmere Haven.
All information correct at the time of writing