Birling Gap – Steps to Beach Closed

Alas I nipped down to Birling Gap on Monday 13th January to find there had been a cliff fall affecting the beach steps after the recent storm surge. Access to the beach is cut off until further notice. Wealden Council are on to it and will be repairing the steps as soon as they can. A real shame after recent work had already been carried out. I’m hoping it isn’t closed for long as I have a number of projects to photograph their and also some Workshops in the planning stages.

There was certainly some very blown out wind swell with 3-5ft waves (non Hawaiian scale) pitching up over the shallow sand bar at low tide.

Alas only surfers with a boat or very long length of rope would have been able to brave the conditions. As I’d made the journey I popped in to see the ongoing changes to the National Trust facilities, grabbed a coffee and a burger and caught up with some emails as they have FREE Wifi on site. It all looks to be coming on nicely and I’m sure it will be excellent when it is finished. I’d imagine some form of beach cleanup will be on the cards as the storms have certainly washed up all manner of rubbish.

Birling Gap and The Seven Sisters – National Trust (For updates check out their website)

Wealden Council Updates

The wind really prevented any proper photography taking place.  I decided to  grab a few shots looking back towards Beachy Head Lighthouse, noting quite a large fresh cliff fall there too. I could see that there was another area that looked as if it will soon head South too so beware if you are in the area with more wet weather promised.

Beachy Head, South Downs, Sussex Coast, Eastbourne, Belle Toute, cliff fall, chalk cliffs, rock fall, danger, east sussex

© Rich Clark images 2014

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