Things to see & do
Step out this autumn and enjoy landscapes at their seasonal best at places we look after. Spectacular views of the Seven Sisters make for wonderful family wander. If you feel like a longer stroll, join the South Downs Way over the Seven Sisters hills to really stretch your legs. For a more secluded walk, venture inland at Birling Gap or Crowlink and enjoy searching for signs of autumn colour. A perfect spot to enjoy big skies, seascapes, changing colours and quiet walks, and then enjoy a hot drink in our cafe and take a look at our fantastic shop.
From Birling Gap car park, head down the steps to the beach for an excellent spot to take a glimpse into the past. The whole family can hunt for fossils in the chalk falls on the beach, this is a great time of year to uncover hidden treasures. Grab a tracker pack from the visitor centre and start your detective work. The best time of day to look is at low tide, so check out the tide times before you set out. We would love to see any fantastic finds so please e-mail us a photo of any special discoveries to email@example.com
With a south-west-facing beach, Birling Gap is one of the best spots to surf in the South East. Surfers are always welcome and our car park is open all day all year round (free parking for members). It's a great place to enjoy stunning views whilst you're waiting to catch a wave, and if you want to warm up after a day on the waves why not visit to our tea-room for a hot drink and a well-earned bite to eat?
Beachy Head and beyond
Birling Gap is a wonderful gateway to the wider South Downs, and is a great place to kick off a visit to this amazing part of the country. So why not extend your visit and check out the nearby landmarks of Beachy Head and East Dean village. Both are within easy walking distance of Birling Gap, and offer a great opportunity to discover some hidden spots and national treasures. The historic seaside town of Eastbourne is a short drive away and offers an array of museums, galleries and shopping opportunities.
Enjoy the long September evenings and watch the beautiful sunset over Birling Gap beach and the Seven Sisters cliffs
Watch out for incredible stormy skies at Birling Gap, and head up to Crowlink for a fungi foray on an autumn day.
Take in the autumnal beauty and be inspired on a bracing cliff top walk this month. The gorse is still in flower and provides a vital source of winter nectar for birds and insects through the cold winter months. A local saying suggests that 'gorse stops flowering when kissing is out of fashion', so luckily the coconut fragrance can be smelled all year round.
Discover stunning views of the Seven Sisters, where the flower-embroidered downs plunge into the sea in a dazzling wall of white. Then turn inland through the peaceful hamlet of Crowlink to reach Friston Church and back across the downs to Birling Gap.