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Britain’s stunning White Cliffs
This week’s winning shot was captured by the very talented Beata Krowicka (@Lejdiszon) who discovered one of the most beautiful coastal spots in Britain.
The white cliffs are famously British – but this is not Dover.
But have you visited Beachy Head? This is Britain’s highest chalk headland located in Eastbourne, Sussex.
Beachy Head is 162 metres high above sea level, and visitors flock here from across the UK to admire the incredible views.
It’s close neighbours to the Seven Sisters, a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel, and forms part of the famous South Downs.
The view from Beachy Head is legendary – you can see to Dungeness in the east, and Selsey Bill in the west. You can also take a boat to the light house, or sample some of the great delights in the pub nearby.
If you’re a thrill-seeker, why not take to a boat and see the cliffs from the water?
Thanks to the waves, the cliffs are constantly eroding, and it is possible to witness some of the chalk falling away in slabs.
The headland has a rather interesting, if not murky history.
Previously a popular spot for smugglers, it’s also proved to be a very popular landmark for more law-abiding sailors, too.
The first lighthouse was built in 1834, but on occasion in low fog it didn’t do its job as planned.
A second lighthouse (which you can see in the photo) was built and manned until 1983.
Did you know there was a chance that this beautiful spot was going to be taken over by developers? In 1929, Eastbourne purchased 4,000 acres of land to protect it from development.
Beachy Head has also featured in various films, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and the opening sequence of James Bond ‘The Living Daylights’.
Sadly one of the more common reasons this beauty spot is mentioned in the news today is because it has become an infamous suicide area – in fact it’s been a known spot since the 1600s, and it’s believed that around 20 people a year commit suicide here.
Visit Beachy Head and Check Out…
Don’t forget to head inland if you do visit. The village of East Dean is home to a beautiful green and some wonderful restaurants and a deli.
Also worth checking out is the South Downs Way, over 100 miles of trails that links Eastbourne and Winchester.
The nearest town is Eastbourne, a once lively seaside resort with a pretty pier. It’s a great place to visit with small families and there’s a range of hotels and B&Bs to stay in.
Why not stay a little longer? it’s possible to spend the night in the light house on Beachy Head. Belle Tout has six incredible rooms you can stay in, for incredible views and an unforgettable, unique stay. Find out more here: Belle Tout B&B
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