The steps to the beach at Birling Gap have now reopened after heavy rainfall and high tides over the winter caused erosion and cliff falls at the renowned beauty spot. Demolition work on previously unsafe areas has now been completed. Wealden District Council report that the steps to the beach are in good condition and that the shingle has started to return.
The beach at Birling Gap is a great place for swimming and surfing and at low tide it is fantastic for rock pooling, catching crabs and hunting for fossils. However, the risk of cliff falls remains and additional warning signs will be posted. Anyone who accesses the beach should be mindful of the situation, does so at their own risk and should avoid the base of the cliffs as well as continuing to stay well away from the cliff edge.
Wealden reserve the right to close the steps and remove access to the beach at any time if the condition of the cliff or weather conditions so require.
The new National Trust Visitor Centre at Birling Gap is due to open on 8th May 2014, with a wealth of exhibits giving a fascinating insight into the history of the Beachy Head area – including information about shipwrecks and smugglers, plus the various species of wildlife you are likely to encounter on The Seven Sisters, landscape issues of erosion and conservation, and leisure activities to enjoy out and about at Birling Gap.
There is also a café selling delicious ice cream plus a National Trust Shop, which are open daily.