Birling Gap

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Attracting over 350,000 every year, the views of the sea and the rolling downland from Birling Gap are truly spectacular.

 The metal staircase down to the beach installed in 2013 had to be removed at the end of 2017 because the cliffs eroded at a much faster pace than predicted. A new set of steps has now been installed with safer anchorage much closer to the cliff face. The beach below is mostly pebbles with occasional patches of sand making it is a perfect place for rock pooling and fossil hunting. Its location between the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head makes this the most scenic place to swim in the whole of the south east, with the wonderful panorama of white cliffs as a backdrop.

Birling Gap presents a marvellous photo opportunity at any time of the day in any weather.  Early birds can catch the sunrise and night owls can catch the sunset.  But please take care - all visitors are being encouraged to stay away from the cliff edges.

Parking is plentiful (free to National Trust members) and there is a cafe, gift shop and visitor centre.