Birling Gap Beach - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Hand held image taken from Birling Gap Beach whilst walking the Seven Sisters from Seaford to Eastbourne. This virtual tour picture was taken in early July 2012 during low tide, so it was possible to walk out a distance from the cliffs and get a better appreciation of the hills we were walking along (and why we deserved the drink stop). The satellite view of the Google map shows the area at high tide, when this point would be under water.
Birling Gap Beach - FURTHER INFORMATION
Birling Gap Beach - Eastbourne visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Birling Gap Beach' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from East Sussex.
The Birling Gap lies almost half way between Seaford and Eastbourne at the eastern end of the Seven Sisters on the East Sussex Coast. Owned by the National Trust, it is a popular visitor attraction with ladder access to the pebble beach below the cliffs, a pub, National Trust cafe and cliff walks. The cliffs here are being eroded and come of the cottages here have already succumbed tot he waves. At low tide it is possible to walk quite a distance out from the cliffs on the chalk and flint shelves to explore rock-pools and get a good view along the Seven Sisters.
The area around the Birling Gap is part of the South Downs National Park and it is also on the South Downs Way, a coastal way that links Seaford with Eastbourne. This is a popular walking route in the summer months, taking hikers from Seaford past Cuckmere Haven and then into Seven Sisters Country Park and over the cliffs to Birling Gap itself. For those doing the walk, the bar and cafe offer a a welcome rest stop before continuing east up Frost Hill to the Belle Tout Lighthouse and, eventually, the top of Beachy Head, the highest cliff on the British coast. From here the path descends back down to sea level and Eastbourne.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Bus: Seven Sisters Country Park Centre (12A), East Dean, adj Seven Sisters Sheep Centre (13X)
Road: A259 runs inland along the Seven Sisters. Parking available at Seven Sisters Country Park centre about 6.5 miles from Eastbourne.
Train: Eastbourne Station to the east with links to London, Seaford Sation to the west.
Walk: South Downs Way