Despite being tired, nothing was worse than wasting a Sunday doing nothing; therefore, I decided to go to Seven Sisters and conquer the hills. Besides, the place is big, and very suitable for clearing one’s head when wandering around..just like I did last time.
上次在Seven Sisters Country Park下車，得要先走過蜿蜒的小河及平原才能爬上峭壁，因此這次直接到終點Birling Gap，以倒敘法走回來。
Last time I got off the bus at Seven Sisters Country Park, which is the start of hills after crossing a plain, so this time I went straight to Birling Gap, the end of the Seven Sisters, and then whet back over the hills.
在這之前一直不了解為什麼Birling Gap要叫Billing Gap，到了那邊了解地形後才明白其中含意，Birling Gap地勢低漥，面對大海，右邊就是七姊妹，左邊是另一個山丘，上面有個燈塔，再往西走可以到我第一次去到的Beachy Head看海中的燈塔。 不過今天的目標是七姊妹，所以在那邊稍作停留後就啟程拜訪七姊妹。
I didn’t know where the name Birling Gap came from until I saw its geographic feature that divided Severn Sisters on the west and another hill and Beachy Head on the east. After a short stop at Birling Gap, I stepped onto the hill and began my “date" with Seven Sisters.
I thought Seven Sisters got the name because there’s 7 hills; however after walking across 7 hills, I found out there’s another one on the front…why? It was like the eighth hill came from another x-dimention, or I was so tired so I counted them wrongly.
還好…以上皆否!!回家 wiki了一下Severn Sisters，發現七姊妹其實有八姊妹啦!!而且每個都還有名字呢…對應照片數了數，沒錯…好家在 😛
Thankfully, neither the universe nor me was wrong. I found out that there are actually 8 hills at Seven Sisters, and maybe more in the far future from Wikipedia.
On my way across the hills, I took pictures of all the brows and valleys, and sometimes stood at the edge of the cliffs in order to take beautiful pictures. The 2D photos are really difficult to convey what I saw with my bare eyes, especially the dimensions and spaces one can feel. I strongly recommend everyone to see this with their own eyes.
The 8 hills at Seven Sisters last for 5 miles-ish, but there was an easy trail. I didn’t really walk along with the trail, but wandered wherever I wanted, and even sat on one hillside to read a novel for half an hour (I stopped reading because I found ants all over my foot…horrible >_<). It only took me 2 hours to stroll from Birling Gap to the first cliff of Seven Sisters; it’s really a good place for hiking.
I felt the seashore I saw today was a bit different from what I had seen last time when I was walking along the cliffs, but I didn’t realize the actual difference until I got to the first brow of Seven Sisters. The sea was on the ebb this time, thus all the rocks beneath the water last time showed themselves today, as if an old and uneven brown-but-covered-with-green-fur carpet.
I ran to the chalk cliff which I called “the Gate Keeper" last time since the walkable beach ended there, and found out because of the ebb and the presence of the bedrock, people can easily bypass “the Gate Keeper" and wander to the other side of the rock.
Back to the plain which met the beach, and following the wiggly river to the park entrance. It was half past 5, and the sun had started to set. With the oblique beam from the sun, the river reflected the azure color of the sky while mirroring the shimmering. When the wind touched the still surface of the water and wrinkled the reflection of the log standing in the water, you could see peace and calm residing within.
三探Seven Sisters，這次總算從尾到頭走完全程；就像一開頭所說，這邊真的是個有煩惱需要一個人好好靜一下時的好去處，幅員廣闊沒有人會吵你，美麗的大自然是賞心悅目卻又安靜的存在，讓你可以邊思考邊欣賞風景；當我走出Seven Sisters Park時，我的煩惱似乎也被遺留在高低起伏的丘陵了呢! (不過是這代表要是下次我再去爬七姊妹的話，有可能會順手把之前丟掉的煩惱撿回來嗎>_<)
Finally, I walked across all the Seven Sisters hills including the park this time. Just like I said at the beginning, this is a perfect place for a confused person to clear his/her mind. The area was big enough to leave you alone, the beautiful natural scenery stood still and quiet around you, so you could enjoy the view while contemplating. My worries were left in the hills when I walked out of the gate…although I hope that I won’t pick them back up when I go to Seven Sisters next time…