Jun
2020

Newhaven to Cuckmere Haven

Venturing out into an eerie uncertain future, starting at Newhaven, we were faced with open space and sea.

We Walked from Newhaven to Cuckmere Haven. Newhaven is an old port town, from there you can take a ferry which crosses the channel daily, over to  Dieppe in France.

As we got to Newhaven Port we came across some very serious looking building work and thought it must be something to do with the ferry service.There is little else there, it is a rundown, industrial port, but I’m sure that is set to change.  I often have to travel to France, and this route might be an option. 

https://www.dfds.com/en-gb/passenger-ferries/ferry-crossings/ferries-to-france/newhaven-dieppe

It wasn’t long before we were at the sea.

 

solo person walks alone

Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away!

I think this is some sort of Sea Lavender, a very vibrant colour.

This yellow plant I’m not too sure about but could be Horseshoe Vetch, or bird’s foot trefoil. After this day, I eventually found an app that can detect the names of flowers, so soon I shall be an expert.

 

Sea kale, I do know of, and I love its strength and beauty; remote and wild.

 

I’m enjoying browsing through the collins complete guide to British Wild Flowers too, it is one of my book choices from last year. See my Reading section

Good Reads

I had to do a double-take here, as from afar I thought it was a monument, the ball of wool is loose with the scissors in the middle! 

 

monument to a knitter!

 

Cuckmere where the river meets the sea.

We walked onwards up to Seaford Point, where we came across a man playing the bagpipes, which is somewhat unusual.!

More usual and not something I was pleased to see was golfers playing up on Seaford Point. I will say no more on that subject for now. 

walking across Seaford cliffs towards Cuckmere Haven

 

After our climb to the top, We then headed down to Cuckmere Haven. At this point, you see The coastguard cottages facing the seven Sisters.

This was an important place for smuggling many years ago. Now it is a few walkers, appreciating the scenery. On this occasion, I gave the Seven Sisters a miss. It is a walk I have done on many occasions but just didn’t feel up to it.

Instead, I spent more time exploring the Cuckmere nature reserve. We saw wild birds such as the grey heron; as well as spring bunnies hopping over the fields surrounding the valley.

Apart from the wind blowing on our face the day out was a well needed welcome escape from the Corona Virus nightmare.

DRYING OUT DOWN AT THE VALLEY;
CUCKMERE

 

I only once tried to cross the foot of the river from Cuckmere beach up to Seaford side The tide was going out, & the water was deceptively fast.

I was leading a group at the time and we had walked down from the Seven Sisters and decided to try the river crossing. We endured walking on loads of stones with fast gushing water whipping our calves, making us lose our balance, stumbling on foot with the stones piercing under our feet, ouch!.

 That was a tough crossing. I have yet to find out what time of day is best to cross! I guess I have to study the tides!! is there no end to my learning?

Cuckmere Valley, the meandering river

 

Returning to London, ‘gas masks’ in hand, made for a strange journey back. Lockdown has released some scary demons but at the same time, reminded me how to slow down and keep it real. 

Until next time, keep on keeping on, however you can.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Newhaven to Cuckmere Haven

  1. Nice read J.
    Liked the shrub pics and wet feet. Suggest flip flops or sandals in / on bag for water crossings.
    I have been trying an app since
    November called iNaturalist .org for help ID of flora & fauna. So far not bad.

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