Whether it’s dark and foreboding or a crisp clear day, Cuckmere Haven is a delightful place at any time of year, in any weather. Most weekends you’ll find my family wandering around the sloping grass paths and stunning white cliff-top edges.
It’s a rare spot that you truly feel free of the pressures of everyday life. Considering it’s an ‘area of outstanding beauty’ we’ve never found this particular part of the Sussex coast overcrowded. A little secret among locals is to park at the free South Hill Barn car park instead of the better known Seven Sisters starting point, which can get very busy in the summer.
We always pack a comforting hot flask during the colder months and take our time scouring the beach for ‘treasures’, exploring the wide stretching rock pools at low tide and playing hide and seek in the bracken and undergrowth leading to the stony beach.
On a relatively clear day, we try and time it just right so that we can see the sun setting over the sea. It’s such a spectacular sight that you’ll often see photographers lined up along the beach in the evenings, capturing a perfect sunset shot.
There are even a couple of ‘Coastguard’ holiday cottages literally on the waters edge if you fancied staying a night or two. And with the historic market town of Lewes and its great shops and eateries just a short drive away, I can’t think of a more perfect place to wind up on a weekend away.
Image by Sarah Paylor