Seaford Beach is about 25 minutes drive from The Secret Campsite. A quiet spot. Seaford’s charms are its simplicity, peace and space. Plus free parking. It’s very different from its raucous sibling Brighton, further up the coast.
From the seafront you can access a wonderful clifftop walk to Seaford Head. This takes you up high, with stunning views across the coastline. The cliff top ragged edges are part roped off as they are very dry and dangerously crumbly. Wild flowers are sprinkled around and the seagulls are out in force.
At the top of the cliffs Seaford Nature Reserve. This is home to many beautiful butterflies including the Dingy Skipper, Chalkhill Blue and Silver Spotted Skipper. Visiting and resident birds may include kittiwakes and peregrines falcons.
The first glimpse of the Seven Sisters is stunning because seven distinct hills tower from the sea. All of these are slightly different in shape with raw cliff edges. Having walked this route, I can vouch for their wild beauty and different inclines!
There’s a couple of options here for you to choose. Rock pooling at Hope Valley or carry on walking round to access the pebbly Cuckmere Haven beaches.
Or head on over to Brighton Pier if you want the complete opposite. Brighton offers the traditional English seaside pier and some pretty wild action. Located about 20 minutes by car from the Secret Campsite, it really is the antidote to peaceful camping! Regular trains run straight from Lewes Station and infrequent ones from Cooksbridge station (change at Lewes).
We skipped straight back at The Secret Campsite feeling revitalised after our beach trip. Raring and ready to light the campfire!