Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters

Location: Sussex Map

Age: 60- 130 million years

Height: 253 ft (77 m)


Description of Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters is a prominent white chalk cliff on the British shores situated in Sussex province in United Kingdom. This prominent geological formation of the region was formed 60- 130 million years ago. They are part of the South Downs in East Sussex, between the towns of Seaford and Eastbourne in southern England. They are inside the Seven Sisters Country Park. They are the remains of dry valleys in the chalk of the South Downs, which are slowly being eroded by the sea.

The Siete Hermanas cliffs are occasionally used in movies and television productions as a substitute for Dover's most famous white cliffs, as they are relatively free of anachronistic modern developments and are also allowed to erode naturally. As a result, the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head are still bright white, while the white cliffs of Dover are protected due to the important port and therefore are increasingly covered by vegetation and turn green as a result. These cliffs appear at the beginning of the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and also at the end of the film Atonement, where Robbie and Cecilia always wanted to live.

From west to east, the sequence begins just east of Cuckmere Haven. The peaks of the cliffs and the falls between them are named individually. They are listed below. There are seven hills, with an octave that is being created by the erosion of the sea.

Seven Sisters


Since there are eight crests and seven depressions, it is debatable whether the name refers to the crests or the depressions. According to an exhibition at the National Trust Visitor Center at Birling Gap, the name Seven Sisters dates back to around 1600. Only then did another cliff, the eighth sister, form due to continuous erosion. However, the historical designation has been preserved.



From west to east, beginning east of Cuckmere Haven, they bear the following names, with the valleys in between also having individual designations. In the list, the cliffs are highlighted in bold:
Haven Brow
Flat Hill
Gap Bottom
Flagstaff Point (continuing into Flagstaff Brow)
Flathill Bottom
Baily's Hill
Michel Dean
Limekiln Bottom
Rough Brow
Rough Bottom
Brass Point
Short Bottom
Short Brow
Flagstaff Bottom
Went Hill Brow

East of the last rock is the village of Birling Gap, which is severely threatened by erosion. Access to the beach is possible via a set of stairs. Behind it is the Belle Tout lighthouse, which has already been moved inland, and then the highest chalk cliff in Great Britain, Beachy Head (162 m high), below which there is a lighthouse (44 m).


In popular culture

The Seven Sisters are sometimes presented in cinema and television to replace the white cliffs of Dover due, in particular, to the low urbanization of the place, which reduces the risk of anachronisms.

The Seven Sisters are introduced at the beginning of the film Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves as well as at the end of the film Come Back to Me.

An eastern view of the Seven Sisters is one of the wallpapers available by default in Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system.