Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex, England.

Sandwiched between Eastbourne and Seaford, Cuckmere Haven is an area of flood plains where the South Downs meets the English Channel. The track snakes down the valley by the twists and turns of the River Cuckmere, which opens out at a shingle beach offering dramatic views of the Seven Sisters – towering white chalk cliffs that drop sheer into the sea.

The beach was commonly used by smugglers in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, and 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 well as grazing sheep and cattle, you’re likely to see and hear plenty of wildlife, including herons, geese, little grebes and wading oystercatchers.

Cuckmere Haven, popular tourist destination with an estimated 350,000 visitors per year.

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