Friday 22 March 2019

Birling Gap

Birling Gap

Birling Gap is a coastal hamlet situated situated on the Seven Sisters between Eastbourne and Seaford in East Sussex.  The beach, beneath the dramatic chalk cliffs is accessed by a metal staircase and is a popular with visitors. Unfortunately coastal erosion has led to several cliff falls and the removal of some of the row of coastguard cottages. The cottages were built in 1878 and although the remaining dwellings are still inhabited they sit perilously close to the edge of the crumbling cliff.

Birling Gap is a popular with walkers and hikers walking the Seven Sisters. A short walk up the grassy cliff top behind the cottages offers stunning views of the Seven Sisters and Birling Gap beach. Continue along the cliff top to the Belle Tout Lighthouse and Beachy Head before descending to Eastbourne. Climbing the hill opposite the cottages you will again be rewarded with fabulous views of the Seven Sisters and English Channel. Continue along the top of the cliffs and you will arrive at Cuckmere Haven.

The cafe is a popular spot to rest or a  short walk away is the picturesque "Tiger Inn" in the village of East Dean, which serves excellent food. From the main road (A259) a regular bus runs between Eastbourne and Brighton stopping at Beachy Head and Cuckmere Haven.

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