Seven Sisters

Coast & Countryside

Our beautiful undulating countryside is perfect for walkers, cyclists and all lovers of our classic English landscape. Wander through ancient Sussex woodlands, or explore unique and unspoilt country parks. The traffic-free paths along the Cuckoo Trail and the Forest Way are both former railway lines and ideal for walking, cycling or horse riding.  The Cuckoo Trail is 11 miles long and runs from Polegate in the south to Heathfield in the north of Wealden; the Forest Way runs for about 10 miles from East Grinstead, via Forest Row, Hartfield and Withyham to Groombridge. 

The High Weald, a large part of which is in Wealden, is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is one of the best surviving medieval landscapes in Northern Europe.  It was the country's main iron-producing region during the Roman and Tudor periods.

Some of the best views in Wealden can be seen walking along the coastal path at Birling Gap and Cuckmere Haven looking inland and out to sea. 

Did you know?

Nearly two-thirds of Wealden is protected landscape with Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the South Downs National Park, the Ashdown Forest, ancient woodland and heathland, wetlands and wildlife habitats.

Wealden - North

Ashdown Forest

Heather on Ashdown Forest

Experience the spectacular scenery of Ashdown Forest, the former ancient Royal Hunting Forest.  It is famous as the setting for the 'Winnie the Pooh' stories written by A.A. Milne.

A walker's paradise with over 80 miles of footpaths, visitors are able to walk freely and there are plenty of secluded picnic areas and free car parks.

The Forest covers approximately 10 square miles and is one of the largest areas of lowland heath in the South East.

Bewl Water

Bewl Water

Bewl Water is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Kent and Sussex border. There is a wide variety of outdoor activities including trout fishing, rowing, rock climbing and lots more for the kids to do.

Bike hire and pleasure cruises are available and the 12.5 mile route around the reservoir is open to cyclists and horse riders during the drier months and to walkers all year round.

Sheffield Forest

Sheffield Forest

Sheffield Forest is a quiet woodland site situated between Horsted Keynes and Nutley. It is a haven for wildlife and contains a wealth of archaeological evidence highlighting centuries of site management for iron smelting and timber production.

The forest also attracts many native and visiting birds throughout the year including buzzards, hobbies, crossbills and nightjars. Well worth visiting and exploring.

Wealden - Central

Abbots Wood


Abbot's Wood is an ancient wood and derives its name from the times of Henry I, when the wood was gifted to Battle Abbey and overseen by the Abbot.

It was once used by canons from the nearby Michelham Priory and is now a popular nature reserve offering visitors waymarked forest trails, barbecues and picnic sites. There is also a large grass area for ball games.

Arlington Reservoir

Arlington Reservoir

Arlington Reservoir is set in 120 acres of beautiful landscape approximately half a mile off the A27 Lewes to Eastbourne road and signposted to Berwick.  It is designated as a Local Nature Reserve and classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

It is a prized location for bird watchers and visitors who flock to follow the picturesque Osprey Trail. The reservoir waters are also renowned as a superb fishing facility.

Lullington Heath

Lullington Heath

Lullington Heath Nature Reserve is one of the largest areas of rare chalk heath remaining in Britain. 

The footpath through the reserve takes you into some of the loveliest and most unusual countryside in the area, rich in wildlife and fragrant with wild flowers.

Wealden - South

Birling Gap & Seven Sisters

Birling Gap

Birling Gap is part of the world famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on the south coast with breathtaking, unspoilt views of the sea and over the downland and cliffs.

There is lots to offer for visitors who enjoy spectacular views and it is an ideal beach for exploring with its rock pools and areas of pebbles and sand. The area is also good for amateur fossil hunters.

Cuckmere Haven

Cuckmere Haven
Cuckmere Haven lies on the coast at the point where the South Downs meet the sea. Its dramatic chalk landscape with a characteristic cliffy coastline is constantly changing. Cuckmere's quiet beach, is located within the Seven Sisters Country Park. Whilst there are no facilities on the beach itself, refreshments are available at the nearby Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre.

Pevensey Levels

Pevensey Levels

The Pevensey Levels is a nature reserve of international importance.  Here you will find wet meadows in an open and relatively remote landscape, helping to ensure the preservation of a series of rare aquatic plants, insects and birdlife. 

It is an ideal location for walking, bird watching and cycling.