Birling Gap lies between the third and fourth sister of the world famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs along the coastline section of the South Downs Way. Although this is one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on the south coast, the National Trust has conveniently opened a café and bar on the cliff top for thirsty walkers.
If you walk east along the South Downs Way you will come to the Belle Tout neolithic enclosure near a burial mound on top of the fourth sister. If you walk west along the South Downs Way you walk over the third sister. Spectacular, views of the sea can be seen whichever way you choose and the open chalk grassland is rich with butterflies and downland flowers.
The beach below has rock pools and areas of pebbles and sand.
Always read and obey the safety signs and follow the beach safety advice of the RNLI on their website.
The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, known as the National Trust, conserves over 500 properties in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, such as historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, farmland, moorland, islands, castles, nature reserves, and even entire villages. It was established in 1895 and its first property was Alfriston Clergy House in East Sussex.
Many sites are in the countryside. When visiting please follow the Countryside Code. Leave only your footprints, take away only memories. If dogs are allowed, please keep them under control. Leave gates and property as you find them. Respect people, wildlife and property.
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Access to Birling Gap is free.
Birling Gap consists of several designated areas - Country Park, Marine Nature Reserve and National Park.