Cuckmere Haven,Sussex and the South Downs Way.

A river walk is one of my favourite things to do and this walk is very easy with plenty to see.The distance there and back is about 3 miles and you can make it as easy or hard as you like. From the visitor centre on the map above, head towards the beach. If you like great views, looking at birds ,butterflies and wild flowers, it’s a joy.

There is a charge of £4 a day for parking and when fully open there is a visitor centre and toilet facilities.The car park is quite small so I would imagine it gets busy at weekends.

The River Cuckmere meanders through the park; if you take your binoculars you get a great view of the litle egrets that feed there. We visited on a very dull and drizzly day which brightened up later; the more light the better the pictures.

Wild fowers of the South Downs.

Vipers Blugoss Yellow horned poppy Scarlet pimpernel

Above are some of the various wild flowers to be seen.Where you get wild flowers you get bees, birds and butterflies, and so the cycle continues.

The butterflies were plentiful and colourful.

The beach at Cuckmere was pebbly and the cliffs a beautiful chalky white; all around were the beach flowers that could only grow in such an environment. As the mist began to lift you could make out the coastguard cottages and Seaford Head.

Birds of the Seven Sisters Country Park.

To sum up Cuckmere has grassland flowers and outstanding views with chalk cliffs; well worth a visit.

Visited 28/6/21.

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