Hi all,

This Saturday (18th May) we have a Serpie trail trip to do a social run from Eastbourne, over the spectacular coastal scenery of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters. There will be options to do 5, 9, 12 or 20 miles - or you could do an out-and-back on the coast path and choose your own distance. No need to sign up in advance, you can just turn up on the day.


The full 20 mile route is a circular, with the outward leg on the coast path and the return leg inland. We head west from Eastbourne for the climb up Beachy Head, and continue over the Seven Sisters. At two points along the coast, namely Birling Gap just before the Sisters (5 miles in) and Exceat just after them (9 miles in) there are cafes, toilets and return buses to Eastbourne if calling it a day. Otherwise we then head inland up the Cuckmere valley to the village of Alfriston (12 miles), another possible bail-out point. For those continuing for the full 20 miles, we then turn east and take the inland branch of the South Downs Way back to Eastbourne.

The entire route is very beautiful but very hilly. Steep uphills will be declared walking hills!

As usual it is an unsupported run and everyone takes part at their own risk.


Meet at Victoria station on Saturday by the appropriate platform barrier for the 0917 to Eastbourne (train is towards Eastbourne and Littlehampton). We arrive at Eastbourne at 1044. Return trains from Eastbourne afterwards are at 31 and 58 minutes past the hour.


It is an unsupported run and there's nowhere to leave bags at the start, so wear your running kit on the train and bring only what you will carry with you on the run. Bring some food and water, and if the forecast suggests, a waterproof jacket and/or warm layer for afterwards (you don't need a full change of clothes). You can run with a small rucksack to carry these items. Trail shoes recommended.


(You don't need to remember all this! I will bring it with me and remind you which bus number it is if you decide on one of the shorter routes.)

From Birling Gap (5 miles in), Bus 13X at 44 minutes past the hour goes direct to Eastbourne train station. Also Bus 33 (2 or 3 an hour) goes to Eastbourne sea front.

From Exceat Visitor Centre (9 miles in), Buses 12 and 12A go direct to Eastbourne train station. There are about 6 buses an hour.

From Alfriston Market Cross, Bus 47 at 30 minutes past the hour goes to Seaford for alternative return trains which are at 25 and 58 minutes past the hour, changing at Lewes.

Alternatively from Alfriston, walk 2.5 miles along minor roads to Berwick, from where return trains are at 18 minutes past the hour, changing at Brighton.

Hope to see lots of you on Saturday!

Alan Hall

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