Cuckmere River Pilgrimage

A day exploring the cultural memory and ecology of this unique river system in the South Downs, England

April 16th 2022, 10:00-18:00 | £50

Only 20 Places available!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ovenden’s Mill- Grade II listed windmill.

  • Folkington Reservoir, Site of Special Scientific Interest.

  •  Long Man of Wilmington, hill figure originally thought to be prehistoric, now believed to date back to the 16th century.

  • Cuckmere Valley and Good Shepherd, believed to be the smallest church in Britain.

  • Alfriston, often voted one of the most picturesque villages in England.

  • Picnic at Clergy House, medieval building-- first property ever bought by The National Trust.

  •  Litlington White horse, hill figure dating back to 1820s.

  •  Cuckmere Meander.

  •  Estuary and Cuckmere Haven.

  • Seaford Head Reserve, with spectacular views over the Seven Sisters cliffs.

ITINERARY

The Cuckmere River Pilgrimage is a 9 mile long walk, and it takes approximately 6 hours.

 

10:00 Meet at Polegate Train Station (Southern Railway)

13:00   Picnic at Clergy House, medieval building-- first property ever bought by The National Trust (not included in ticket)

16:00   Snack at Seaford Head Reserve, with spectacular views over the Seven Sisters cliffs (not included in ticket)

 

18:00 End of pilgrimage and arrival at Seaford Train Station (Southern Railway)

YOUR GUIDES

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LEE WALTHER

National Trust ranger

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NIC SALAZAR SUTIL

Guardians Director

DISCLAIMER: This is a medium difficulty walk. It is not suitable for people with mobility restrictions or serious health conditions. No dogs are allowed

Summary

We invite you to take part in the Cuckmere River Pilgrimage, a unique journey of discovery of one of England’s most iconic and spectacular rivers. The Cuckmere River crosses the Low Weald in East Sussex, along the South Downs National Park and across several areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The Cuckmere is unique for many reasons. She enjoys the only undeveloped river mouth on the Sussex coast. She is the most meandering river in the Southeast. She holds many spiritual sites and places of pilgrimage. The Cuckmere is highly vulnerable to coastal flooding, rising sea levels and climate change, which is why the fauna, flora and human communities that this river system supports are in present danger. The Cuckmere River is an ideal way to appreciate the life-giving force of rivers-- a cycle to connect with the lore, memory and future of the ancient Weald.

Day trip location

We will meet at Polegate Railway Station at 10 am on April 16th 

Polegate Station, High St, Polegate BN26 6EH

Polegate is served by Southern Railway, and it has direct links to London Victoria (90 mins). Advanced booking costs £5.00

We will end the pilgrimage at Seaford Train Station, also served by Southern, at approximately 18:00pm on April 16th. 

 

Seaford station
Station Approach
Seaford
BN25 2AR

What participants say

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