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Sussex Scrapbook ~ Nature walks throughout the year
Green Man
Sunday 16th July 2006
Eastbourne - Seven sisters - Exceat
6 miles

After a couple of weekends where we were busy doing other things, we found ourselves with a weekend where we could get out and about again. Unfortunately we couldn't think of anywhere to go, so we decided to just go to Eastbourne and do the cliff walk again. On the way we had a quick stop at Arlington Reservoir to search for ospreys (no luck as usual). As you know it was blisteringly hot, but we had a great march over the Seven Sisters and had a swim at Cuckmere Beach, followed by the customary pint of Stella at the Golden Galleon. It was a really good walk as always and it cheered us up no end.

Desperately looking for migrating ospreys, but as usual we were at the wrong place at the right time.

The sea was sparkly and the sky was blue and it was VERY HOT!

There are loads of wild flowers blooming up on the downs now, however the area is tinder dry.

The cliffs as always were stunningly beautiful and we even saw one of "our" peregrines hacking past. We actually saw another racing pigeon sitting stupidly on the edge of the cliff in "Peregrine alley"! Will they never learn?

Think that this big flying beetle was a cockchafer.

Down through the Horseshoe Plantation to Birling Gap for lunch.

By the time we got to Cuckmere we were well and truly cooked. So a dip in the sea was called for. 

I've put a picture of the bus timetable to help if you are going to do the walk yourself. Click on the picture for a larger image. For the time from the Golden Galleon pub subtract about 2 minutes from the time for Exceat Park centre.
Just realised that the saturday afternoon timetable is the same as the weekday, which means that I should have photographed the rest of the timetable. I will get it next time. However, the buses come very regularly until late at night on Saturdays and weekdays.