Semi-Solo Adventure to London – Part 9 (Brighton & Seven Sisters Park Hike)

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This must be the most adventurous journey I have embarked on – heading on a hike without much prior training or knowledge. One must know that the Singapore trail and overseas is super different – I’m so glad Kristie and I survived (haha), a little exaggerating, but you’ll know why soon.

My friend Kristie and I decided to head to Brighton and to hike the Seven Sisters Park – recommended by her :) I personally enjoy nature so I said, why not let’s go! We took the train from Victoria station and it was an express train to Brighton with few stops in between. The train ticket was a two-way trip for £$27.60 (S$49.70)

Arrived Brighton at about 10ish and we decided to grab some lunch first before going to the seven sisters. Brighton is located off the shores, so fish & chips is a must eat on the list! From the train station, google maps your way till where the Brighton pier is!

After lunch, it’s time to head to our destination! We took a bus opposite Brighton Pier, bus 12x that is headed towards Eastbourne Pier that costs us £$10 (S$18) and …. alighted at the wrong stop. We alighted at where the entrance of the hike was instead of the end -.-” the initial plan was to head to the end but oh wells plan changes right? After speaking with the lady at the visitor centre, she told us it’s about a 4-hour hike and so we decided to go ahead. It was a really beautiful clear sunny day too – a great day for a hike!

There weren’t many people hiking – probably because it was a weekday when we were there. What was supposedly a 3-hour hike eventually became a 4-hour-ish hike for us? Probably because we were resting in between and taking photos of the beautiful scenery around us. It was so gorgeous – the photos do not do justice to how it looks like in real life.

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Apart from that, we aren’t really dressed for a proper hike. I am glad I was wearing my trusty boots and wearing a backpack – that really helped! There were numerous ups & downs of the hill (that’s also the reason why it’s called seven sisters). I saw quite a number of hikers with hiking sticks and we were like totally not dressed.

(taken from the official webpage of Seven Sisters)
The Seven Sisters cliffs are made of chalk that formed where the South Downs meet the sea. The cliffs are receding at about 30–40cm each year on average. The process is intermittent with major falls occurring after heavy rain or rough seas, often two of three times per year.

Contour of the Seven Sisters

Apart from that, unlike Singapore’s trail which is clearly marked, seven sisters is vastly green. It was especially scary when we can’t see the end as some of the declines was really steep. Tip #101 – look out for the patches that have no greens. This indicates that many people have been walking that track and hence grass is not growing in that stretch. You can see it quite clearly in the photo below; noticed the brown and the green?

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Eventually, we made it to the berling gap, which marks the end of the seven sisters hike. We were so glad we made it before the visitor centre closes and still in time to get a hot cup of coffee!

It’s so beautiful – I just have to show you more pictures!

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I could literally sit there and chill all day! It was so therapeutic just by looking at the sea and feeling the wind in my face. But we had to leave and find the bus stop before the sun sets. Thank God it was spring so the sun sets later than usual.

We followed the sign and headed towards the direction > instead of a downhill, we were going uphill (again) and found ourselves in the vast land of green and sheep. There were no other signs along the way; just gates after gates.

And then guess what? We were met with a pathway that shows there were 2 ways that people had walked. At this point, it started pouring really heavy and we were not prepared. It was pretty scary as the sky was turning dark and pouring and you are kinda trapped in a big green field with no shelter. To top it off, we only had one umbrella, no reception and there was no way we could u-turn. I thought this is it, we are going to die here (haha, super dramatic). Kristie was really calm, she suggested for us to take shelter where some of the lambs were even though I was hesitant. With no other plan, we went to the trees for a bit.

I was praying, literally for either the rain to stop or for someone to somehow appear and lead us a way out. And suddenly, I really mean suddenly, we saw a man running towards the other end out of no-where. We started chasing him for him to stop & he actually made a U-turn and told us to follow him down to where the exit was. I personally believed he was an angel because when we walked towards the direction where he was, we found the exit downhill and we didn’t see him anymore – strange as it sounds, I was so thankful we found our way out!

This is literally the most memorable part of my entire trip. Thank God we made it out alive (haha!). We were drenched and eventually found the bus stop (with the help of GPS) and got back to Brighton! Look out the some of the shots we took along the way.

I wanted to visit the Brighton Pier where the amusement park is but it was too late :/ by the time we reached back to Brighton, it was almost 7pm and it was closed. So sad, so I could only take a picture & tell myself I’ll be back again some other time. We ended our day trip to Brighton with a really yummy pasta dinner before heading back to the city.

Most memorable, most exciting and most fun though I had a scare (haha!). Would totally do it again. I hope you enjoy reading this story and till the next time where I share about my trip to Harry Potter.

Till the next one!

Love,
Raine

[Post contributed by Raine Ong]

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