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The Cuckmere Valley ©Kent County Council Schools Advisory Service

South Downs Seven Sisters Beachy Head

The Beautiful Countryside - Cuckmere Valley

The Cuckmere rises in the north of Heathfield before flowing south and then westward towards its principal tributary, the Bull River where the river continues to flow south to join the main stream of the Cuckmere at Hellingly. The river flows gently down its valley and meanders through some oxbows before entering the sea at Exceat, Cuckmere Haven next to the Seven Sisters - the only undeveloped river mouth in Sussex.

It is likely that the name Cuckmere, meaning fast flowing, was gained because of the speeds it reaches as it hurtles 100m downwards for the first 4 miles of its journey to the sea. Its flashy nature is dictated by the impermeable Wealden Clay over which it flows.

The river valley through the South Downs is dominated on its east bank by the Long Man of Wilmington - 231ft tall figure carved into the chalk and possibly dating from the sixth century.

Along the way it passes by our village and offers our customers both tranquility and excitement. From a gentle stroll along the river paths to the more attractive kayaking, there is much to do for all.

The valley is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a Heritage Coast (HC).

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