Visiting Birling Gap safely
The Seven Sisters chalk cliffs are constantly changing. This creates the iconic coastline that you see today. Cliff falls and landslides are therefore part of this landscape and can happen at any time and without warning.
How to enjoy your day safely
The Seven Sisters chalk cliffs are constantly changing. This creates the iconic coastline that you see today. Cliff falls and landslides are therefore part of this landscape and can happen at any time and without warning.Our white cliffs are beautiful but also very fragile. They may appear safe to stand on, but chalk is a soft rock that can be become unstable through heavy rain, frost, sun or undercut by wind and wave action. The sea comes in and out twice a day and often reaches the base of the cliffs. Make sure you can always safely exit the beach keeping platform steps in sight. Use the Tide Times to see when the sea will be at its highest to help plan your visit.
- Stay at least 5m back from the cliff edge at all times
- Stay at least 5m back from the base of the cliffs at all times
- Check the tide times which shows you when the sea will be at its highest and always keep the beach steps in sight
Other things to consider when planning your day
The beach has no lifeguard provision so do consider sea state, wind direction and strength, cliff fragility, underwater currents and obstructions that cannot be seen when planning activities on the beach
When exploring the sandy beach or rock pooling, always wear suitable footwear. Small fish called weavers lay under the sand with spines pointing up that can cause a nasty sting to unsuspecting feet
Accessing help and support
There is support available if you are feeling vulnerable or simply need to talk. The Samaritans have a 24 hour free helpline on 116 123. Alternatively visit the NHS website for more help and support options. If it is an emergency please call 999. There is a phone box in the car park next to the Coastguard Station.
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.
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.
Enjoy a relaxing stroll up to Mad Jack Fuller's folly on this circular walk which offers breathtaking views of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head lighthouse.