A coastal hamlet nestled between the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head is Birling Gap a place where you can get down to the beach via a stairway. The area is managed by the National Trust above the beach is a visitor centre car park and a cafe.
Eight cottages were built at Birling Gap for the Coastguard in 1878. Today only 3 remain in 1973 due to the eroding cliff, one of the cottages was demolished again in 1994 another cottage was demolished. 2002 and 2014 lead to the loss of 2 more homes!
This is the first time I visited the gap when the tide was out. You can access the beach via a staircase.
Seven Sister – is what the cliffs are known to the west of the gap.
The cliffs to the east.
A view of the gap in the 1920s from an old postcard showing the row of coastguard cottages and coastguard rocket house.