Although London is one of my favourite playgrounds in the game of life, sometimes it feels good to get out from the crowd and spend time in the nature. If you are looking for a beautiful place to unwind, you don’t have to go far from the capital of the United Kingdom.
How to get there
From London, take a train to Brighton. There are various trains stopping at St Pancras, Blackfriars, East Croydon or Victoria, all towards Gatwick Airport with the end station of Brighton. Be careful, tickets for different trains have different price, the cheapest Thameslink trains are from 10,80 pounds return on Weekends (around 17 pounds on Weekdays) and take 1,5 hour to get you to Brighton from St Pancras.
Just a short walk from Brighton station, you can catch the bus 12 or 12A which will take you directly to the entrance of Seven Sisters Country Park. The ride is about 50-60 minutes and buses are coming every ten minutes. You can get a network saver ticket which is valid for the whole day for all buses for 4.80 pounds from the information desk at Brighton Station or from the little kiosk in front of the station. You can also find free maps and a little magazine with all information about bus stops and bus times from there.
There is a mobile ticket available, but I prefered the traditional one, they look like scratchcards. :)
If you go on the beach trail, you will reach the cliffs in about 30 mins- an hour (depending on how much time you spend on taking pictures about the amazing nature.)
I also recommend to have a little walk on the way back on the park trail, the view is truly beautiful.
What to bring
- There are no shops in the park, only a little cafe by the bus stop, it's good to bring water and some food for the day.
- Something to protect your ears. It can get super windy on the seaside, and while the weather was super nice both times I was there, my ears were hurting the first time when I forgot my hat.
- Altough the place is beautiful, maybe it's best to not get all glammed up when choosing footwear for the day.The best shoes to wear are waterproof, comfortable and easy to clean. If there is a little rain the day before, the paths can get muddy and as there are many goats, cows and sheeps in the area, well.. you can also find animal poo. My heart broke for those japanse tourist ladies who all decided to wear beautiful, new, white sneakers for the day. Get your boots or wellies rockin and you will be fine. :)
Funfact, if you want to get all the Seven Sisters on the picture, you won't be able to do it from the park.
IF you aim for that, you will need to have a walk around Seaford Head.
Beachhuts, goats and golf on the hill
Just a few stops away from Seven Sisters, you can find Seaford with lovely colorful beach huts on it's seaside.
A little path starts just from the end of the beach, up the hill near the Seaford Museum. By walking up there, you will get an amazing view to the sea, people playing golf on the top and jumping baby goats.
After about an hour walking, you can also enjoy the view of all the Seven Sisters. :)
What is your favourite place in England?