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
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.
WHAT TO BRING
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
RETURN TRANSPORT FOR THE SHORTER ROUTES
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
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
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.