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 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.

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.



March to October



Group Size



Minimum age: 18 Maximum weight: 18 stone (115kg) Group bookings: For private bookings the minimum age is 10yrs (our recommended minimum age is 14yrs) as younger paddlers may not be able to paddle that far).








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 being able to swim 50m and a reasonable level of fitness is preferable.


Group bookings can be arranged:

£67pp (Group Size 4-6)
£64pp (Group Size 7-8)
£61pp (Group Size 9-10)
£58pp (Group Size 11-13)
£55pp (Group Size 14-16)

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River Cuckmere - near Seaford / Eastbourne - East Sussex


Equipment supplied

All kayaking and safety equipment is supplied including:

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Buoyancy aid

Equipment needed

For all kayaking courses you must have extra warm clothes and waterproofs, we will provide you with a full kit list upon booking.

  • Full change of clothes to go kayaking in, including footwear, and underwear.
  • Clothing should be suitable for the time of year*
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (to wear on the water)
  • Extra jumper
  • Warm hat / sun hat
  • Gloves
  • Towel
  • Snacks / water
  • Medication / Tablets / Inhaler etc.

The above list is just a guide and appropriate clothing for the time of year should be worn. We highly recommend you have a dry bag for all your kit on the water and to put your wet clothing in at the end of the day.

*Clothing should comprise several layers to trap the warmth. Please do not wear denim as it restricts movement, is cold when wet and is slow to dry. You must wear footwear whilst kayaking (old trainers, plimsolls) please don’t wear sandals. Wetsuits are not required as they only work when they are wet; if you wish to bring a wetsuit we still recommend you have a warm top.

Equipment shop

Take a look at our online shop for any equipment you might want for your outdoor adventures. We stock a variety of equipment and can give expert advice if you have any queries. Choose to collect your order on a course (free of charge) and your instructor will have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive.