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Origin Heathfield

Mouth Seven Sisters

Length 35 miles (56km)

Basin area 970km

River Cuckmere

Cuckmere Gallery

The Cuckmere watercourse details


The River Cuckmere rises near Heathfield in East Sussex, England on the southern slopes of the Weald. The name of the river probably comes from an Old English word meaning fast-flowing, since it descends over 100 m (328 ft) in its initial four miles (6.4 km). Eventually flowing into the English Channel, it is the only undeveloped river mouth on the Sussex coast. The stretch below Exceat bridge was altered in Victorian times and an Oxbow lake formed although this is likely to be reclaimed as saltmarsh in the near future by the EA

Cuckmere  Map

River Cukmere RS

Cuckmere HIghlights

The Cuckmere is an excellent angling river from source to sea. In the upper reaches the pike fishing can be excellent, particulalry in the winter months when the big females are making their way up river to spawn. There are chub, roach and bream of good size right down past Shermans Bridge and the mullet fishing in the lower tidal reaches is excellent. Bass run right up to the first weir on the bigger tides and there are sea trout which regularly run up the river and can sometimes be seen in numbers below the first and second weirs.  

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