REFRESHMENTS: Exceat (Golden Galleon pub and visitor centre), Alington Map Birling Gap, Beachy Head and Eastbourne. The eastern end of the South Downs and the countryside Alington Map immediately surrounding it is a paradise for those with an interest in the natural world. There is a huge variety of flora and fauna to be enjoyed in this very unspoilt part of Sussex, and even if you can’t tell rosebay willowherb from mauve knapweed, or a skylark from a jackdaw, you will still be able to marvel at the extraordinary way in which nature has fashioned this landscape, and to study the uneasy and often tempestuous relationship between the cliffs and the sea.
If the weather happens to be stormy on the day you walk it, you might just find yourself witness to the next chapter in this fascinating story. This is a linear rather than circular walk, so if you arrive at Seaford by car, you will have to choose between retracing your steps or using public transport in order to be reunited with your vehicle. My suggestion is that you use Lewes as a base for the walk; there is a good train service between Lewes and Seaford and, at the end of the walk, from Eastbourne back to Lewes.