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Eastbourne – Birling Gap – Eastbourne

Today I used my non-working day to take a trip down to Eastbourne and walk along my favourite part of the South Downs Way. True to form, the trains were severely delayed due to signalling issues but I finally arrived into Eastbourne around 11am where I headed straight down to the beachfront and began walking west along the seafront. As soon as I got to the downs, the missed came down meaning visibility was very poor, but good enough to see several emergency vehicles speed along the road. On reaching the Beachy Head area it was clear that there had been an incident. I continued along the cliffs past Belle Toute lighthouse and finally down into Birling Gap where I took my annual photographs of the coastguard cottages before using the steps to access the beach and continue walking West along the Seven Sisters for several hundred meters. The steps down to the beach had been out-of-action during my last few visits due to erosion. After returning to Birling Gap, I got some lunch at the Cafe before heading back to Eastbourne. It was very sad to pass the ongoing coastguard recovery operation taking place at the cliff edge. On arriving back in Eastbourne I took a look at the works to repair the fire damaged pier before heading back to London on the train.

Beachy Head Lighthouse Photographs

Eastbourne – Beachy Head – Birling Gap – Eastbourne

Beachy Head Car WreckHeading out early from my Eastbourne accommodation, I marched along the seafront in a Westerly direction towards the path up to Beachy Head.  Arriving at the headland I spent an hour or so to admire the beauty of the place. I was really moved by some of the memorials and tributes to those who had taken their lives at this rather notorious suicide spot. After more than a few photographs I continued onwards over the downs to Birling Gap where I checked the tides before climbing down on to the beach and continuing along under the seven sisters cliffs. A must visit for any Robin Hood ‘Prince of Thieves’ fan, this location was used at the start of the film. Making a U turn, I took the beach all the way back to Eastbourne. I spent several hours taking photographs, mostly focussing on the lighthouse. Again, it was quite a moving experience at the base of Beachy Head. The area was littered with Engines, Chassis and wheels from various cars that had come over the cliffs, each I am sure has a sad and sorry story to tell. Retrieving the bodies cannot be an easy task. Continuing onwards, I came across a female seal, but she disappeared before I had a chance to change lenses.Reaching Cow Gap I returned to the coast path and headed back into Eastbourne after a beautiful but rather poignant day.

A Random Visit to Eastbourne

Eastbourne PierAfter seeing the new year in at a friend’s masquerade party I woke up to a hangover on New Year’s Day. By mid-morning I decided I was ready to make the most of the long weekend so decided a random trip would be a great start to the year. I decided on a visit to Eastbourne which would give me the opportunity to make a photographic study of Beachy Head and its lighthouse. I quickly booked some accommodation on the internet, packed my bag and headed down to the railway station. A replacement bus took me to Reading, followed by a train to Gatwick Airport. A final train journey brought me into Eastbourne station from where I walked to my accommodation. I spent the evening photographing the pier before heading to an Indian restaurant for a feed.

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Based in London, my interests include photography, kayaking, paddle boarding, electric unicycling, teepees, robotics, programming, databases, informatics and pharmacy.

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