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Notice: Between 27th September and 1st October 2015 the next sequence of extreme Highest Astronomical Tides (HATs) are due. There will be high tides of 8.2 metres on the 29th (12.40) and 30th (13.20) September. There will also be very low tides, so marine features may be visible that are usually covered by the water. The beach may be temporarily closed for safety reasons during these events or during stormy weather, so if you are intending to access the beach please call 01323-423197 to check prior to your visit.
Surf, go rock pooling or relax in the sun
Birling Gap and Crowlink, near Eastbourne in East Sussex, are part of the world famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on the south coast.
One minute you can be walking on ancient downland, the next you could be rockpooling below towering cliffs of chalk. Spectacular, unspoilt views of the sea can be seen from all angles.
Birling Gap provides a point of entry for delightful walks and you can find our café, shop and visitor centre here on the cliff top. The beach below is ideal for seaside picnics with its rock pools and areas of pebbles and sand. It is a great example of a marine nature reserve.
The wild forces of the sea create unusual chalk platforms and huge heaps of gleaming white chalk as the cliffs erode at up to one metre a year. For a more secluded walk venture inland at Birling Gap or Crowlink. With over 500 acres of open chalk grassland the area is rich with butterflies and downland flowers. Nearby sites of archaeological interest, like Belle Tout neolithic enclosure, have much to tempt families further along the coast.
Please note: Access to the beach may be closed at short notice in bad weather or due to sudden cliff falls.
We have plenty of things for everyone to enjoy now autumn has arrived. You can enjoy all the hands on activities in our free visitor centre, go for a blustery stomp across the hills, sample a children’s pick and mix lunches in our café or complete some of your 50 things to do before you're 11¾ including: jump over waves or find a crazy creature in a rock pool! Or try one of our gorgeous walks, taking in big wide open skies and the changing colours on the downland as the days draw in.
Adapting to change at Birling Gap
The combination of tides, storms and rain this winter has seen dramatic cliff falls and seven years’ worth of erosion in just two months. We need to adapt to the change that coastal erosion brings and that meant taking down the sun lounge of the café and the safety boat house before they became dangerous. The cliff top fences are moveable and the beach steps are designed to be moved as the cliffs erode. Despite the storms the café and shop have stayed open through the winter.
Cliff top coffee and beachside lunch
Our relaxed cliff top cafe has outdoor seating and uninterrupted sea views. From midday we have a wide selection of freshly made sandwiches, pick and mix lunch buckets for children and light meals. While in the cafe you can enjoy our exclusive Harold Mockford pictures which the family have kindly donated. Don't forget the café has extended opening hours over the summer!
Special supplies and glorious gifts
Our shop sells locally sourced items, seaside goods and traditional National Trust favourites from fishing nets to fleeces, books to buckets and spades. We hope you find everything you need. If there is something you would like to see us stock but do not currently hold, please let us know and we'll see what we can do.
Art exhibitions in our visitor ventre
Autumn colour, open skies and winter landscapes are the themes of our latest exhibition by the Seven Sisters camera club which is open until 2015. This local group have different exhibitors every month and it has been a joy to see these beautifully captured studies of the South Downs National Park through the camera lens.
Hallowe'en family fun
Come and join us for some spooky family fun at our Hallowe'en event, or just pop in and try out thespoky self guided trail in the visitor centre. Be prepared for tall tales and spooky sightings.....!
'50 things' fun
Here at Birling Gap we've counted 33 things for you to tick off your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ list. They include rock pooling, kite flying and bug hunting. Have a go, you may even find more than we did.
Join the Rangers in discovering the fascinating life in the rockpools at Birling Gap. Explore the beach at low tide and see if you can find all the weird and wonderful creatures who live here...
Discover interesting finds on our beachcombing litter pick at Birling Gap. Find out what wildlife you are helping to save and how the Marine Conservation Society can campaign for cleaner seas and beaches using our survey. 19 Septmeber
Living landscape walk
Come and discover the fascinating history through the ages of this amazing coastal site overlooking the Seven Sisters.
Coastal walk - Seven Sisters
Join us for a gorgeous 6 mile circular walk taking in stunning seascapes and views from Gayles Farm, our newest coastal acquisition. Includes a light lunch at Birling Gap.