Seaford

Book 1 Walk 31 Glynde to Seaford.
Book 2 Walk 26 Southease to Seaford
Book 2 Walk 28 Seaford to Eastbourne

SWC Walk 90 Berwick to Exceat or Seaford

The big curve of pebbly beach between Newhaven's harbour mouth and the cliffs of Seaford is rather bare and unadorned. Unusually for a seaside town, Seaford does not put up much of a show immediately behind it, though its old centre is not without charm. Despite this, it is a reliable swimming beach, giving good depth at all states of the tide. Traditionally the beach was steep and pebbly, but in winter 2010 the council moved all the shingle up to the top of the beach, leaving a broad, gently-shelving and part sandy strip nearer the sea.

  • Despite the improvements to the beach, the water still gets deep quite quickly even at lower states of the tide, so weaker swimmers who don't want to go out of their depth should avoid this beach.

  • This beach can be dangerous when the sea is choppy, as waves break sharply onto the shore and then drag back fiercely on the shingle. In calmer seas, watch out also for the washes of the distant car ferries plying in and out of Newhaven.

  • Food and drink: there is a kiosk cafe by the beach huts just beyond the Martello Tower (round Napoleonic-era fortification), and a pub some way along the beach to the east. The Trawlers fish and chip shop near the station is one of the best in the south east

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