Exploring Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters
Birling Gap is a popular coastal hub, where the South Downs meet the sea. It’s part of the world-famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on the south coast. From walking on 500 acres of ancient downland to spotting wildlife and exploring rock pools below towering cliffs of chalk, there is plenty to see and do whilst you soak up the spectacular, unspoilt views of the sea.
Exploring the beach
After high tide, the sea leaves behinds traces of the plants and creatures that call it home, such as cuttlefish bones, shells and seaweed. Keep an eye out for unusual-looking pebbles among the flints for fossils of ancient sea creatures or plants. You can pick up tracker packs for beach scavenger hunts and fossil hunting from the visitor centre to get you started.
Walking on the South Downs
Whether walking the dog, walking off lunch or walking the 100 miles of the South Downs Way, whatever your reasons for stepping out on the South Downs from Birling Gap, there’s a route for you to enjoy. Pull on your walking boots and take to the paths, keeping an eye out for the animals grazing around you.
The different types of livestock on the downs are doing essential conservation work, eating the tougher grasses and encroaching scrub. This allows the more delicate habitats such as chalk grassland and heathland to thrive and survive.
Find out about eating and shopping at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters. Stop for refreshments with a view and browse for local souvenirs in the cliff-top shop.
Find out about bringing your dog to the South Downs. Explore the beautiful landscape together, from cliff-tops and beaches to ancient downland.
Read about the changing coastline at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters and discover how the National Trust is planning for the future in this changing landscape.
Try out the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities children can enjoy by the sea, from paddling or swimming, to catching crabs and skimming stones.
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