Moonlight Hike: Seaford Head, Seven Sisters and Beachyhead after sunset
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The moon is full and it is Hallo’ween so let’s shun convention and go for a night hike! This classic coastal walk is probably the best day trip out of London. Instead of getting up with the lark we can have a lie-in and lazily head out to Seaford in the afternoon. The undulating steep hills of the Seven Sisters and the stiff climb up to Beachyhead await us, with the stunning white chalk cliffs illuminated by the light of the moon.
Note that this isn’t an overnighter, rather, we are just getting a late start and letting the rapidly encroaching afternoon darkness take over before heading back to London, hopefully getting in just before midnight.
You must bring a headtorch (and spare batteries!) for this hike as the skies in England tend to be on the cloudy side.
Sunset is at 16:35, moonrise is at 16:53. Noctambulate with me!
GRADE: Challenging. You must be confident in your fitness level as we are going to be taking this at a moderately fast pace without a lot of stopping, mindful of when the last London-bound train leaves Eastbourne. This is a very hard walk with over 700 m of elevation gain over at least 10 hills and clocks in over 14 miles (22.5 km). Be prepared for the river crossing- as long as it is safe to do so, we will cross at Cuckmere rather than go around to the bridge.
MEETING POINT: Due to Covid, we can not travel together and organise group tickets at this time (however, you are welcome to self-organise if there is a lot of you leaving from the same place!). There are also a number of discounted tickets available if you book in advance via trainline.com- starting at £5!. The 14:24 train from Victoria gets to Seaford at 15:48 (change at Lewes). Two singles or a return to Eastbourne will cover the entire journey. We are aiming for the 22:06 at Eastbourne back to London, which gets to Victoria at 23:38.
Because Seaford station is tiny and there is no real place to meet, we are meeting at the seafront instead. Take a right out of that station, then another right onto Dane Rd. Past the Morrisons, keep going until you run out of road and reach the sea. That is where I’ll be!
If you wish to drive, you can park in Eastbourne and take the local bus to the start at Seaford and meet us there.
COST: £10 organiser fee payable on RSVP. We have temporarily raised the price of walks to be able to accommodate smaller groups. As soon as it is safe to take larger groups, we will re-asses our pricing. For this hike, I will be taking a maximum of 20.
What to bring: You must bring a headtorch to this hike! Face covering and hand sanitizer, Lunch, snacks, water, suitable clothing and hiking footwear. We will not be stopping at a shop or a pub so have everything you need for the day! Click here-https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FLjSAczjgbZ26OKE4Iy_zX2IFqkybdXCmK9AkVfqI1w/edit?usp=sharing