The Cuckmere valley, which you will paddle through, is also a special nature reserve and site of special scientific interest.
During high water levels in the winter there are lots of wildfowl to be spotted. These include teal, wigeon and the ever present Canadian goose. Grey heron and little egret are found all year, and nest in the trees of nearby Friston Forest.
The Cuckmere River is valuable to migrant birds such as the Redstart and Ringed Ouzel.
Also look out for butterflies. The warm climate makes the area ideal for the Chalkhill Blue, Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled White, and Adonis Blue, which feed on the Horseshoe Vetch.
Situated in the South Downs National Park, the Seven Sisters Country Park is made up of 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland. It is a popular place for a number of outdoor activities including walking, bird watching, cycling,
The Country Park is named after the famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs on one of Britain’s finest unspoilt coastlines.
At Amazon Wood Fishery, there are three lakes contained in this very secluded tree lined site, situated in nearby Polegate.
Catering for all types of anglers from specimen hunters to pleasure anglers alike. Each of the waters contain Carp, both mirrors and commons to great sizes with lots of other species including Grass Carp, Silver Bream, Perch, Roach, Rudd, Crucians, Tench.
There is always some friendly advice from owner Ian who regularly visits the bank during the day. The fishery also has disabled access swims with parking next to the lake.
Something a little more extreme, try Friston Forest!
Friston Forest offers an infinite number of waymarked routes for visitors to explore the beech woods. Its undulating terrain makes it popular with walkers and mountain bikers. Both are served with waymarked trails of varying lengths. Mountain bikers have been enjoying the forest for decades. There are trails for all levels of riders, including families.
The South Downs has something for every kind of cyclist to enjoy and explore. As a family we regularly cycle from Alfriston, to Litlington and along to Exceat and picnic on the beach, sometimes stopping off en route in West Dean and Friston Forest. We are now offering (adult) bike hire to our guests to give everyone the opportunity to escape the everyday, get exergised and feeling great.
As well as the famous South Downs Way to explore there are 1,200 km of car-free bridleways across the National Park, miles of leafy country lanes and old railway trails including the Downs Link, Meon Valley Trail and Centurion Way.
The 160km long South Downs Way is the only UK’s National Trail which is fully traversable by bike and there are many ways to enjoy it.
You could ride along the ridge to reach Ditchling Beacon and enjoy the view or cycle along the Hampshire Hangers and single track mountain bike trails at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
With so many tracks, trails and leafy lanes to discover and great places to stop for locally produced food and drink there’s never been a better time to discover the South Downs by bike and on foot.
Walking the dog. Walking off lunch. Walking the 100 miles of the South Downs Way. Whatever your reasons for stepping foot on the South Downs, there’s a route that’s right for you. In fact there are more routes here than in any other National Park in the UK – 3,300km of footpaths, bridleways and byways in total.
We have an area by each cabin to wash equipment including mountain bikes free of charge for guests.