The Birling Gap area, Sussex
At Birling Gap a hotel and part of the row of fishing cottages built in 1878 have already been removed by coastal erosion. Today there is a tea room and there are steps leading down to the beach and the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs.
This view is toward Cuckmere Haven and Seaford Head both of which are beyond the last headland.
This view, east of the steps down to the beach, shows the rather impressive cliffs with the Seven Sisters beyond and Seaford Head sticking out on the horizon.
The cliffs here look rather fractured and make one feel a little nervous at having to walk along the beach relatively close to the cliffs at near high tide.
A walk of a little over a half mile along the cliff top east of Birling Gap will bring you to the Belle Tout Lighthouse.
The Belle Toute Lighthouse, a 45 foot high tower, was built in 1828 remaining in operation till 1899 when it was abandoned due to being frequently shrouded in mist and threatened with collapse because of recurrent falls of chalk from the cliff although it is still there. The lighthouse on the shore at Beachy Head replaced it.
This vew shows the village of East Dean in the distance with the road to Birling Gap winding it's way towards the camera.
This road almost forms a U-bend at the entrance to the free car park at Birling Gap and runs roughly parallel to the coast. I say roughly parallel because it is still quite bendy on it's way to Beachy Head.