The Seven Sisters of Sussex

The Seven Sisters - from Birling Gap

The Seven Sisters – from Birling Gap

One weekend in September, I took a little day trip with a couple friends down to the south coast, to see the Seven Sisters.  The Seven Sisters is a stretch of chalk cliffs along the south coast of England, between Seaford and Eastbourne.  According to legend, seven sisters once lived there, each having a house between the different hills.  If this was the case, their houses are long gone now…

The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters - from Birling Gap

The Seven Sisters – from Birling Gap

The weather wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t bad either.  Cloudy, cool, and a few light drizzles here and there.  When we arrived, we were hungry for lunch, so we ate at the Golden Galleon, a large pub at the trail head to the beach to see the Seven Sisters.  Frankly, the service was horrible.  They brought out our appetizers in a timely manner, and then seemed to promptly forget about us.  We had been sitting there, total time, for over an hour, by the time I went to see what had happened to our food.  I was assured it was coming right out, and after another 20 minutes, a friend went in to inquire again.  The worst part, that was lunchtime, I’d hate to see their dinner service…

Birling GapFinally, after wasting so much time at the Golden Galleon, we headed off down the path to the beach.  The path runs along a little river that empties into the English Channel.  There were kayakers along here, who had gone all the way down to the ocean, with some travel guides.  That must have been a blast, maybe something for a future trip!  On one side of the path was the river, but the other side was pasture land, with cows and sheep, and rolling hills.  Overall, a very pretty walk out to the beach, and the weather kept us cool!

The Path to the Seven Sisters

After seeing the Seven Sisters from the beach, we returned to the car and continued on our way to Beachy Head.  Along the way, we turned right somewhere, and eventually found ourselves at Birling Gap.  Here we were able to park, and go down a staircase to the beach below.  The beach was a pebble beach, or shingle, as they call it here.  However, to the left, the cliffs had broken apart some and the beach was strewn with large white pieces of the chalk, which the water has smoothed.  It was eerily beautiful.

Beachy Head LighthouseWe continued on our way to Beachy Head, the highest point of the chalk cliffs at 535 feet.  Down below Beachy Head, a short distance out into the water, is a lovely old red and white striped lighthouse.  Makes for some dramatic pictures, although I don’t think I captured it particularly well.  Although, I do love the shot my friend got of me sitting on the cliff-side admiring the view…

Admiring the View


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