Seven Sisters Challenge
SATURDAY, 29 JUNE 2019
Your legs are going to be achy but the views really will make this challenge worth it! The sea breeze and beautiful landscape will give you the headspace you need to get away from your daily grind and to gain some new inspiration.
As we reach the end of our walk Eastbourne will come into view. Here we will have a well earned dinner together and will raise our glasses to celebrate completing our half marathon hike. What a feeling that will be!
Your adventure leader
The Seven Sisters Challenge will be led by adventurer, conservationist and speaker Bex Band. Bex has taken on many personal challenges including hiking over 1000km the length of Israel, crossing the Finnmark Plateau in the Arctic circle and kick-scooting (yes you read that right!) the length of the USA. In 2017 she founded the women’s adventure community Love Her Wild. Now with over 5,700 members, Love Her Wild has taken women from all walks of life on adventures around the world. For her work inspiring women to get outdoors adventuring Bex was nominated for The Great Outdoors ‘Personality of the Year’ 2017 and awarded ‘Legacy Maker’ status on the San Miguel alternative ‘rich list’ 2018.
You can find out more about Bex on her website The Ordinary Adventurer.
Am I fit enough?
This is a tough hike but anyone with a baseline fitness should be able to complete it without issue. You will need to be able to carry your own daypack. I estimate that the hike (minus breaks) is likely to take us around 7 hours at a steady pace. While that might sound like a lot, once you get chatting and in the fresh air you will probably surprise yourself with what you are capable of. We aren’t going to be racing and there will be plenty of stops along the way.
If you have any concerns or questions please don’t hesitate to ask Bex – firstname.lastname@example.org. And know that absolute worst case scenario there are a couple of escape routes along the way to taxi you to the end point (not that you’ll need them!).
What will I need to bring?
Even on a sunny day, the sea wind (which will be with us all day) can be cold. You’ll want to bring plenty of warm clothes and I’d definitely recommend a warm hat (to protect your ears if it’s especially windy) and gloves. Fleeces make a great lightweight and warm layer you can throw on for rest stops. It is vital that you bring good waterproofs (top and bottom) in case it rains and also sunglasses and sunscreen….just in case 🙂
You’ll need to bring your own packed lunch and plenty of high energy snacks and I’d suggest packing a flask with a hot drink.
– Qualified and insured expedition leader
– Group equipment (first aid and maps)
– Celebratory meal and drink
– Personal gear (see above)
– Lunch and snacks
– Travel to the start and end point
Notes on transport
It is important that everyone aims to be on time so that we can start at 9 am on the dot as we will want the full day of light ahead of us to finish this trek. If you are coming from London there is a train from Victoria – Seaford leaving at 6.55am (duration 1hour 47minutes changing in Lewes). I suggest then purchasing an open return from Eastbourne to London Victoria as these trains are regular (around 30 minutes total travel time direct).
Both the start and end can be accessed easily by train coming from Brighton.
If driving you can park in Seaford then catch the Bus or taxi from Eastbourne to Seaford at the end of the day.