Beachy Head
Beachy Head
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  • Biffro
    London, United Kingdom1,165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking views
    This is my favourite spot for walking with the most dramatic and beautiful views of the southern coastline. The incline can be a bit challenging at points, but persevere, as the dreamy views all along the route at all times of the year will be worth it. Recommend walking from Eastbourne beach front out to Birling gap and the Seven Sisters and back with a picnic. A good 4 hour round trip, and a perfect thing to do on a nice clear, sunny day.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 5, 2023
  • Steve_of_N21
    London, United Kingdom2,283 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another stunning section of the South Downs Way. And this one may have seals.
    Yes, you can drive to the Beach Head car park, run up to the point, take your photo of the lighthouse and then drive off. Or you can walk the coastal path to Beachy Head either from Eastbourne or from the Seven Sisters Country Park or the Birling Gap, depending on how far you want to walk and whether you want to take in the Seven Sisters. This time we were staying in Eastbourne, so we did it from there. It will take you about an hour and a half from Eastbourne Pier, or an hour from the Helen Garden at the West end of Eastbourne. There are several navigated footpaths at different levels up the hill between Eastbourne and Beachy Head and we did the elevated path to get the views on the way there and the lower cliff level path on the way back. Whichever way you go head for the RAF bomber command Memorial. From here if you go down towards the cliff you will see the shingle headland jutting out to the sea which had several seals on during our walk. You are close enough to hear them but fortunately not smell them. Then its not far to continue to walk the cliff path to the cliffs viewpoint that gives you a great vista of the lighthouse. As for refreshments there is always the Beachy Head pub, and although this is a member of the Village Pub & Kitchen chain (Mitchells & Butlers), we found it a particularly poor outlet as far as food went, so if coming from Eastbourne you might want to start of end at the far superior Pilot Inn. From here it’s a short walk to the Kiosk Café, from where the various South Downs way walking trails fan out.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Voyager_Nineteen71
    Pune, India583 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely view
    One of the most natural beautiful spots in our visit to the UK. A superb walk to the old lighthouse on the cliffs though one has to be careful not to go towards the edges as the chalk is soft and can break. It does require some walking up and down and so better have a good pair of shoes for the visit. Very close to this is the Birling Gap where one can visit the beach via a staircase.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Josh T
    London, United Kingdom90 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cliff top walk
    Returned here in July 2023 on a warm but windy afternoon. Walked from Beachy Head to the foothills of Belle Tout lighthouse and then back again. Scenic views along the route, with the cliff edge cordoned off in some places due to risk of erosion. Conditions were quite windy which made uphill walking slightly more challenging in places. Beautiful spot overall and would happily return back here (albeit on a slightly less windy day).
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Bluebellplasnewydd
    Cardiff, United Kingdom1,987 contributions
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    Usually windy
    If you want a short walk then park park around the Beachy Head pub (you will have to pay). Head along the pathway towards the cliff edge past a memorial and naval position point. After 300 years or so you will be greeted by views of the cliffs, Eastbourne and the lighthouse. Don't go too near the edge as collapses of the cliffs are common. Further west you will have a view of Belle Tout lighthouse and the track up to it which has itself collapsed into the sea in places. If you want you can walk to Belle Tout but you may prefer to drive on to Birling Gap. You may have sunny weather but it is often very windy so go prepared.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Fiona K
    London, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quality coffee stop with superb view
    Cadence is the perfect cafe at Beachy Head with good coffee and a great range of toasted sandwiches, sausage rolls etc. Impressive! High quality, great service and views .
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Luis Carlos HM
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Great View
    It was a great experience, with amazing views of the sea and nature. The only advice I give is to wear warm clothes, since there is a lot of wind, as well as comfortable and resistant shoes. The full experience was really worth it,
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 16, 2023
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Polgas2mb
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
When we arrived, the weather was quite poor. However, the sun started to come through and we were able to see the sea and the little lighthouse at the bottom of the cliff. Although we were not able to go too close to the lighthouse we were able to take lots of photos. I’d definitely recommend this place to people who are in need of fresh air and a small ‘hike’ with a wonderful view!
Written August 18, 2020
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Janette R
Sandwell, UK385 contributions
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Jun 2021
A recent long weekend to Beachy Head found us discovering there was to be a triathlon on the Sunday so we ventured up here on the Saturday. So glad we did - a diverse range of people of all ages were enjoying the climb/walk up the wonderful countryside with awesome views of the white cliffs and the famous lighthouse. Thoughtfully placed benches at several parts on the pathway provided useful refuge from the blazing sunshine. some parts of the pathway allow access right to the edge with signs about it being dangerous but other parts were roped off due to cliff erosion. the wildflowers dotted on the cliffs were beautiful. The memorial to the airforce personnel provided a wonderful place to rest, admire the view and just reflect. On the Saturday there was a spitfire flying overhead, doing some acrobatic turns and its engine sound only added to the poignancy. the lighthouse itself and continuing the walk to the cafe were such a break from our more usual suburban surroundings - inspiring.
Written July 5, 2021
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Chris R
Eastbourne, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
I had a meal with friends at Christmas time and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The set menu was excellent (both quality and value for money) and catered well for our veggie tastes - although there were lots of great meat options for those wanting it too!
The service was attentive and efficient, yet it was relaxed and friendly. All staff members were Italian and this created an authentic experience in the heart of Eastbourne.
I will be back and I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting some superb Italian cuisine.
Written January 12, 2020
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Emma S
Fleet, UK208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Very shingly, bring good shoes and be warned access is via a lot of stairs but worth it. Kids loved the walk and the dog did too. The cafe at the top is handy for a snack and a hot drink to warm up with after a cold day!
Written February 21, 2020
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Excursion586801
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We walked from by the pier at Eastbourne along the promenade and then kept going! There are a couple of cafe's on the edge of town to pick up ice creams, snacks & drinks before the gradient increases. A reasonably challenging hill to start before the views really start to open up. Unfortunately for us, the one pub at Beachy Head was bookings only and couldn't squeeze us in, so a tip would be to phone ahead! As you'd expect, the return leg was easier and quicker than the outward journey, so all in, we were probably up there 2 and a half hours.
Written September 3, 2020
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Eyekaytoo
Leverkusen, Germany3,039 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
I like to pride myself that I have been to very many places in England but, even though some of my family live in West Sussex I have never been to Beachy Head. So, one warm sunny day in September we bundled into the car near Bognor Regis and drove east with Beachy Head as our destination.

The tour got particularly interesting as we left the main road east of Seaford and headed up the windy road towards Birling Gap and then on to our destination. When we reached our goal we were relieved to find more than enough space to park our car. The views on that lovely sunny day were spectacular. To the east you can look down towards Eastbourne and to the west we had the sun sparkling on the sea and the Beachy Head lighthouse. We didn't walk too far except to visit the little monument erected as a tribute to the 110.000 aircrew of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command in World War II. As inscribed here "For many, Beachy Head would have been their last sight of England - Remember Them""
Written September 19, 2021
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Jem B
Ledbury, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The Beachy Head Countryside Centre is outstanding. We spent a really interesting hour or so going round the attractively presented and informatively labelled exhibits . The staff are very friendly and keen to help you get the very best from your visit. Free parking. Toilets nearby.
Written June 22, 2021
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James
25 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We went to beachy head as we were in the area and wanted to kill some time.

The journey was around 30 minutes which was longer than we thought, so the first thing we did was go to the toilet.

The queue took about 20 minutes and when we finally reached the front, the reason it was so busy was because there were only 4 cubicles! There was mud and hair all over the floor. In the cubicles there was dirty toilet paper and the bin was overflowing with dirty sanitary towels.

When we had finished in the toilets, we went downstairs to the beach.

They really need to have a one way system because there were people standing and taking photos completely oblivious that they are stopping everyone else from going down.

When we got to the beach took some lovely photos and there were great views.

All in all a pretty bad time because the toilets were unacceptable.
Written August 21, 2023
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paradisehelen
London, UK14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
I visited the Beachy Head yesterday during a coast walk. It’s a lovely building and attractive inside. However, it was disappointing to find the kitchen closed particularly after finding the National Trust cafe at Birling Gap closed earlier, so no food available to walkers in this area that day. Also the Beachy Head appears to have overlooked freedom day as there was no bar service. A rather bossy host escorted me to an outside table where I sat for quite a long time before a server eventually appeared and proceeded to serve subsequent arrivals before me. Hungry and thirsty I ordered a drink and some crisps but I wouldn’t hurry back.
Written August 12, 2021
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NewBrightonGuy
New Brighton, UK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
A gentle hike with tremendous views along the south coast. Parking is easy but chargeable, and I expect it will get busy at weekends during the summer. That said, the views over the channel and seeing the white chalk cliffs are worth it.
Written September 19, 2021
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