At the top of Beachy Head is a large marker showing the distances and directions of various places on earth. This hand-held virtual tour panorama was taken standing in the middle of the plaque on an overcast, windy and cold afternoon at the end of walking here from Seaford over Seven Sisters in early July 2012. Time for a nice cuppa tea!
Beachy Head - View Over East Sussex - Eastbourne visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Beachy Head - View Over East Sussex' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from East Sussex.
Beachy Head is headland above a chalk cliff and a popular tourist attraction just east of Eastbourne in East Sussex. This chalk headland rises steeply to 162m making it the highest coastal cliff in Britain, and giving great views over the surrounding countryside. It is also notorious as a suicide spot. On the top of the headland is a large plaque showing the compass and distances to various cities worldwide. Also at the top is a pub and shop, a viewing point over the cliffs and memorial to WWII Bomber Command crews.
Beachy Head Lighthouse
Many tourist pictures of Beachy Head show the Beachy Head Lighthouse. This is not in fact very visible from the headland itself and is best viewed from West Brow
to the west. This lighthouse was commissioned in 1902, replacing the Belle Tout Lighthouse
further along the clifftops which was often obscured by mist. The Beachy Head Lighthouse stands at sea level with the light 43m high and visible for up to 26 miles out to sea. It was fully manned until 1983.
Beachy Head Walks
Beachy Head is on the South Downs Way, a coastal footpath running through the South Downs National Park. It is a popular walking destination, both from Eastbourne, but also from Seaford
to the west. The walk from Seaford to Eastbourne is about 13 miles and rated 9/10 for difficulty due to the arduous terrain and continual exposure to the elements with little shelter. The walk takes people over the famous Seven Sisters
, as well as through Cuckmere Haven
, into the Seven Sisters Country Park
and through Birling Gap
. Refreshments can be found at either the entrance to the Seven Sisters Country Park a the Exceat Bridge
or at Birling Gap. There is also a pub next to the bus stop at Beachy Head.
Bus: Beach Head (13X)
Road: Beachy Head is 4.7 miles from central Eastbourne. Eastbourne is about 17 miles west of Hastings (A259) and 22 miles east of Brighton (A259). It is 70 miles south of London (A22).
Train: Eastbourne Station with links to London.
Walk: South Downs Way