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River Cuckmere Kayaking Trip - East Sussex

River Cuckmere Kayaking Trip

Kayaking on the River Cuckmere - Cuckmere Haven to Alfriston

The river and it’s surrounding area is home to some truly spectacular scenery including the dramatic chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters, which is also very popular amongst walkers. Just upstream from here we will be taking a small tidal river that cuts through one of the most beautiful valleys in the South Downs! As the river meanders through Cuckmere Valley you’ll be passing through quaintly picturesque villages and witnessing stunning views of the South Downs including the sights of the White Horse of Litlington, a chalk silhouette that dominates the east bank of the valley. There is also plenty of wildlife to be spotted as you explore the river...you may even be lucky and spot an otter or a mink!

The trip will be adapted to meet the ability of the group, no matter how much experience you have we can cater for complete beginners to expert paddlers. If you have any reservations about getting out on the water our highly qualified instructors will assist you and give you confidence throughout the trip.

River Cuckmere Kayaking Trip Photos

To view photos from some of our previous kayaking trips on the River Cuckmere, please click here.

Why not have a look at the other kayaking river trips available...the River Arun, the River Medway and the River Ouse. Most rivers are tidal, meaning we can only paddle them on certain dates and times, please contact us to find out more.


Group Bookings Only

£75pp (Group Size 2)
£60pp (Group Size 3-4)
£55pp (Group Size 5-6)
£50pp (Group Size 7-8)
£45pp (Group Size 9-12)
£40pp (Group Size 13-16)

Please Note that a minimum of 4 people are required for weekend bookings.



Group Size

2-16 Weekdays / 4-16 Weekends

Distance - 13km
Level - Easy
Permits - None
Tidal - Yes (this trip is only possible at certain times of the tide, please contact us to find out more).

Adapted to suit the needs and ability of the group, ensuring everyone has fun paddling the river whilst enjoying the surrounding countryside and wildlife.

Who it's for
Groups who are looking for a day out with a difference! Suitable for anyone interested in taking up kayaking or those just wanting to explore the South Downs by water!

There are no prerequisites for this trip, but you must be able to swim 50m and a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Video of a Guided Kayaking Trip on the River Cuckmere in Sussex.

Kayaking Trips - River Cuckmere from HattAdventures on Vimeo.

These adventure days are run on a private booking basis, please contact us to make a booking.

River Cuckmere - near Seaford / Eastbourne - East Sussex

Equipment Supplied

All kayaking and safety equipment supplied (except for wetsuits etc.)

Equipment Needed

Suitable clothing for the time of year should be worn. A complete change of clothes with appropriate footwear is also needed. We will provide you with a kit list upon booking.

Must be able to swim 50m fully clothed (2 lengths of a standard pool).
Recommended Minimum Age - 14yrs (Must be accompanied by a participating parent or legal guardian).
Max Weight - 15 stone (95kg)
Max Height - 6ft 2" (188cm)

Spent a wonderful afternoon messing about on the River Cuckmere earlier this week. Tom was a fantastic guide, helping us to master the basics of kayaking whilst pointing out some of the fascinating wildlife along the way. A really enjoyable experience suitable for all age groups. I would definitely recommend it!

Michelle M

Thank you for a wonderful day, Tom was a great guide allowing us to go at our own pace and giving very useful and individual advice about how we could improve. The river was quite varied with an exciting overgrown bit, a really fun day


We were really excited to ring on Friday and so lucky to get to do a kayaking trip on the Cuckmere river the next day. It was bright sun and the whole experience was a delight. The river was so beautiful and the spring tide helped us all the way to Alfriston. Our party of four aged between 19 and mid 50s managed without difficulty. Tom was a great guide and excellent company. We came close to swans and ducks and even saw a grass snake swimming past the kayaks. The equipment was brilliant and just right for us


Both myself and my sister had a fantastic day kayaking on the Cuckmere. Neither of us had done much kayaking before and spent the first 10 mins going round in circles but our guide gave us plenty of helpful tips and before long we spent most of our time moving in the right direction! The scenery was beautiful and it was a perfect way to relax at the start of my holiday. Many thanks.

Holly Manktelow