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White cliffs in Hastings?

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White cliffs in Hastings?

My daughter and I will be traveling to England in June from the US and are taking the train to Hastings from London for the last part of our trip. Are there white cliffs along the walk from the east cliff lift (through the Hastings Park)? And if not, is there an easy way to get to the Beachy Head area in Eastbourne from Hastings (and then we could head back to London from Eastbourne)? We have spent hours struggling to decide whether to spend the day in Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, or Dover... deciding factor was finding the Swan House B & B in Hastings and central location to Old Town and seafront. We won't have a car so it's trains and feet for transportation for us. Any help will be appreciated!

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1. Re: White cliffs in Hastings?

The cliffs of the Hastings Country Park are sandstone rather than chalk so they are not white. In my opinion the walks up there are equal in beauty to those in the Seven Sisters Country Park but different. The are is more "lush" with much vegetation, ancient woodlands, flowering gorse (when the gorse flowers the cliffs look like they are on fire and are given the name the fire hills), fern gullies, rare orchids, little glenns and waterfalls and also more exotic to English eyes as the sandstone and much of the thorny bushes that grow on it, is more prevelent in southern europe - it is also much much less visited - it is comparatively unknown to people in Sussex yet alone internationally).

They also have the advantage of starting right next to the old town (though the more dramatic parts are a good 30 minute walk from the start (and the main path thrugh the first glen is still officially closed - though is still passable if you dont mind a gentle scramble).

However, the White Cliffs of the seven sisters are justifably famous and extremely stunning and an iconic image of britain. They are higher cliffs then in the country park, with much more dramatic drops (they be very careful going near the edge) and cover a much bigger area and are pretty much unique to Britain and Normandy. They are fairly accessible from Hastings also - Eastbourne is a 25 minute train ride from Hastings (by June they will run four trains an hour) from pretty near the station there are buses every 10 minutes or so to the seven sisters (taking approx 15 mins depending on which bit you want to see).

Swan House is an amazing place to stay and Hastings Old Town is a great area with lots going on so easy to combine the two.

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2. Re: White cliffs in Hastings?

Nancy,

The "White Cliffs" are generally associated with Dover and the white cliffs at Beachy Head are generally referred to as the Seven Sisters. There is a bus service from Eastbourne to Beachy Head. There are cliffs between Hastings and the Country park but they're not as "iconic" as the chalk cliffs of Dover or Beachy Head.

If you're over that way you might want to consider a trip to Rye? Either way...have a lovely trip.

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3. Re: White cliffs in Hastings?

See the FAQ for more info on The Seven Sisters : https:/…86740022

Rye, Bodiam Castle and Battle Abbey are the obvious day trips east, Brighton to the west.

Mike

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