Newhaven  Seaford  Coast Guide

Newhaven is a small ferry port on the south coast of Britain, to the west of Eastbourne. It lies at the mouth of the River Ouse and it became a port in 1579 after a great storm changed the course of the river. Seaford is a small seaside resort but was previously an important port until it silted up. 

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Newhaven is a small ferry port, to the west of Eastbourne, from which you can find ferries running to Dieppe in France. There are currently two ferries per day in each direction. Newhaven is situated at the mouth of the River Ouse and has been a port for many years; it served as a important harbour in both world wars and was used as a base to launch raids across the channel to Nazi occupied France. There are no beaches at Newport but there are at nearby Peacehaven and Seaford. Newhaven Fort was commissioned in 1859 to defend the port facilities and is now a museum. 


Seven Sisters cliffs East Sussex      

                    Seven Sisters cliffs                                                                                             Newhaven Port


In the Middle Ages Seaford was an important port on the south coast serving the trade routes to the near continent. The same storm that created Newhaven resulted in the harbour at Seaford silting up and made it unsuitable as a port. The town's fortunes were revived by the arrival of the railway in the mid 19th century when it developed into a small seaside resort. The town has a good beach with plenty of parking, there are limited facilities for visitors but it is a quiet resort. The South Downs Way runs along here and it is a pleasant walk towards the Seven Sisters cliffs a couple of miles to the east.    


What to see around the Newhaven area

Paradise Park - combined garden centre and visitor attraction with museum and playzone. Avis Road, Newhaven, East Sussex BN9 0DH Phone: (01273) 512123  

Seven Sister Country Park - near Newhaven

South Downs National Park - Britain's newest national park. 

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