On Wednesday, 28 September 2016, eleven postgraduates joined a field trip to the beautiful Cuckmere Valley. The trip was by Dr. Clare Weeden and all students participating have just begun their postgraduate studies at School of Sport and Service Management, University of Brighton, Eastbourne campus.
We all enjoyed the impressive view of the Cuckmere river, the Downs and the sea. A very brisk breeze brought us the salty smell of the sea and an immense number of birds filled the air with their song. People who enjoy walking can also easily reach Birling Gap by foot from here to discover more of the famous cliffs and Downs. Birling Gap is approximately 4 miles from the Cuckmere Valley.
As the cliffs erode naturally, yet dramatically each year, it is important not to go too close to the edge. Besides that why not take your friends and family on a trip to this stunning piece of nature right around the corner of Eastbourne? By taking bus 12 or 12A from Eastbourne’s Arndale Centre you can reach Cuckmere Country Park within 15 minutes.
After enjoying a refreshing walk alongside the beach and the downland, which is being returned to nature by the National trust, you can enjoy a warm cup of coffee or tea at “Saltmarsh” café. They also have delicious cakes and pastries on sale, which you should definitely try!
P.S. Do not forget to take a picture of yourself standing in front of the huge chalk cliffs. Moreover bring a raincoat, as you never know what UK weather currently has on offer! 😉
Katharina Bürger, International Event Management MSc