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Cuckmere Haven, Seaford

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Cuckmere Haven is an area of flood plains in Sussex, England where the river Cuckmere meets the English Channel between Eastbourne and Seaford. The river is an example of a meandering river, and contains several oxbow lakes. It is a popular tourist destination with an estimated 350,000 visitors per year, where they can engage in long walks, or water activities on the river. The beach at Cuckmere Haven is next to the famous chalk cliffs, the Seven Sisters.At low tide, one can spot ironwork in the sea close to the river mouth. This is the wreck of the Polynesia, a German sailing ship that ran aground in April 1890 west of Beachy Head; it was laden with a cargo of sodium nitrate.HistoryThe beach was commonly used by smugglers in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. For example, in 1783 two gangs of smugglers (each numbering 200 or 300) overcame officers of the law by weight of numbers and carried away a large quantity of goods.In the Second World War, the site was studied by the Luftwaffe as they flew missions to identify potential landing sites for the invasion of the UK mainland. As a result, the British constructed a series of counter-landing defences, of which numerous pillboxes, anti-tank obstacles, ditches and tank traps survive. Admiralty scaffolding blocked the inlet, but is now gone. Cuckmere Haven featured heavily in the war effort: at night lights were placed to confuse bombers into thinking they were above Newhaven and an airfield was set up further inland. In addition to the permanent land-based constructions, the river was heavily mined.
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  • This beautiful stretch of coastline between Seaford and Seven Sisters is truly glorious and unspoilt. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon walk which made us appreciate the true splendour of the location... 
    This beautiful stretch of coastline between Seaford and Seven Sisters is truly glorious and unspoilt. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon walk which made us appreciate the true splendour of the location...  more »
  • Hired Huge SUP (paddle board) from Buzz and then went to cafe for light bite . The staff and service at Buzz were great - very friendly and super helpful. The cafe over the road served beautiful... 
    Hired Huge SUP (paddle board) from Buzz and then went to cafe for light bite . The staff and service at Buzz were great - very friendly and super helpful. The cafe over the road served beautiful...  more »
  • Great food and amazing cocktails (would advise passion fruit cocktail) Will be returning again, great for a summer chat and dine. Adam and Andy did some great work cheers guys 🥂 
    Great food and amazing cocktails (would advise passion fruit cocktail) Will be returning again, great for a summer chat and dine. Adam and Andy did some great work cheers guys 🥂  more »
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  • A hidden gem in Sussex. I'm never normally a fan of pebble/shingle beaches, but I love this one thanks to its location along with the beautiful surrounding scenery. A quiet and truly peaceful place to visit.
  • This is a wonderful place. Great views and wildlife. A little adventure great fit kids and adults alike. Can hire bikes at start
  • Magical area with something for everyone whether you are a casual walker, a hiker, a photographer, an ornithologist or a water sports enthusiast. Go early at weekends to get a parking spot. Check out Cuckmere Valley Canoe Club & Buzz Active if you want to get afloat.
  • A good place to visit and relax with family and friends. Bette to visit earlier in the day and avoid evening time cos it can get much cooler very quickly.
  • Beautiful place to walk.

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