Seven Sisters, a hike through time on England’s dramatic southern coast
Written by Irene Chuang
On 23 May 2024

The dramatic white cliffs that guard the English Channel, known as the Seven Sisters, are a breath-taking exhibition of nature near Brighton, England which offer more than just a picture-perfect view. It is a walk through time with hidden secrets waiting to be discovered.

Giants of the coastline

The Seven Sisters tower 500m high. They are giants carved from layers of ancient seafloor over 80 million years ago. These dramatic cliffs are a living monument to Earth’s incredible history. Look closely and you might even spot fossils of ancient sea creatures trapped within the chalk, offering a fascinating glimpse into the past.

The Seven Sisters are also a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Keep your eyes peeled for peregrine falcons soaring overhead, their powerful wings slicing through the air. The slopes are adorned with a vibrant assortment of wildflowers, which collectively produce a captivating spectacle.

And if you are lucky, you might be able to see a view of lovely dolphins or even a majestic whale breaching the surface as you gaze out across the English Channel.

Uncovering secrets on the Seven Sisters way

For those seeking an adventure beyond sightseeing, the Seven Sisters cliffs are here for you. This National Trail winds along the cliffs, providing breath-taking panoramic views. As you hike, you will encounter hidden coves, secret beaches and vibrant fields teeming with wildflowers. 

Keep an eye out for a truly unique historical landmark – the Long Man of Wilmington. This mysterious giant figure, carved into the hillside centuries ago, adds an air of intrigue to your journey. For Harry Potter fans, these iconic cliffs might look familiar – parts of the Quidditch World Cup scenes in the “Goblet of Fire” movie were filmed here!

How to get there?

Reaching the Seven Sisters is quite straightforward. It takes a little over an hour by train to get from London to Brighton. From Brighton, buses connect directly to the Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre, your starting point for exploring these magnificent cliffs. 

Alternatively, hop on a scenic coastal train from Brighton to Seaford, offering a different perspective of the cliffs as they rise majestically from the sea.

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