The breathtaking white cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters [40 Pics]

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White Cliffs of Beachy Head and Seven Sisters

 Chalk cliffs just East of Birling Gap looking towards the Seven Sisters. 

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 The breathtaking white cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters [40 Pics]


Introduction

Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters are famous for their bright white chalk cliffs. The chalk was formed during the Late Cretaceous period (up to 100 million years ago), a time when the area was submerged by the sea.

The chalk was gradually pushed up, and rising sea levels cut into the chalk, forming the English Channel and creating a stunning range of undulating cliffs.

The cliffs continue to be eroded by the waves below. While large movements of the cliff are rare, slabs of chalk frequently fracture and fall away. As the lower cliff material is worn by the waves, the cliffs above are undermined until they eventually collapse.[40 pictures]

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White Cliffs of Beachy Head and Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters are a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel. They form part of the South Downs in East Sussex, between the towns of Seaford and Eastbourne in southern England. They are within the Seven Sisters Country Park. They are the remnants of dry valleys in the chalk South Downs, which are gradually being eroded by the sea. 

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Beachy Head and Seven Sisters white chalk cliffs are located in East Sussex, UK

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White Cliffs of Beach Head

Beachy Head’s prominence has long made it a landmark for sailors. All too often the cliffs and the rocky seas below were a danger to vessels – leading to many wrecked ships.

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Beachy Head Lighthouse

The Beachy Head lighthouse was erected in the sea below Beachy Head. The 43 metre tower was manned by three lighthouse keepers, who took turns maintaining the light, until 1983 when the lights were automated. As satellite navigation systems are now commonplace on ships, the need for lighthouses diminishes. 

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White Cliffs of Beachy Head at sunset

The cliff was used in the opening sequence to the 1987 James Bond film The Living Daylights, in which Bond (portrayed for the first time by Timothy Dalton) parachuted from a jeep which overshot the top of the cliff in a scene which was scripted as being in Gibraltar. 

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Hiking the Seven Sisters

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Beachy Head Warning Sign

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Mist at the Beachy Head

One slip and that’s it.
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Balancing on the Beachy Head edge

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Cross near the Beachy Head edge

There are an estimated 20 deaths a year at Beachy Head. Worldwide, the landmark’s suicide rate is surpassed only by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Aokigahara Woods in Japan. 
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2nd World War Painting of Planes over Beachy Head

Beachy Head has played a part in a number of wars:
First Anglo-Dutch War, 1653
Nine Years’ War, 1690
World War II

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Aerial view of Beachy Head
Beachy Head, with its white cliffs (not of Dover). Eastbourne is above. Birling Gap on the left. Willingdon is the town inland from Eastbourne, which is on the coast. 
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Spectacular view from Beachy Head

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Beachy Head Cliffs seen from sea level

The chalk was formed in the Late Cretaceous period, between 65 and 100 million years ago, when the area was under the sea. During the Cenozoic Era the chalk was uplifted (see Cenozoic Era). When the last Ice Age ended, sea levels rose and the English Channel formed, cutting into the chalk to form the dramatic cliffs along the Sussex coast. 
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White under the water

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White Cliffs of Beachy Head

The lighthouse under the cliff. Since 1670, a light has shone from the cliffs of Beachy Head, warning ships away from doom on the rocks.
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Beachy Head Lighthouse

The 43m red and white striped tower, 500ft below the summit of the dramatic chalk cliffs near Eastbourne, East Sussex, is at risk following a review by Trinity House, which in charge of navigational aids around the UK coastline.

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Beachy Head Sunset

Both lighthouses are visible in this stunning photo.
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Grass on top of Beachy Head

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Blue sea view from Beachy Head

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Beachy Head, a popular tourist attraction

The Beachy Head area has a murky history as a haven for smugglers. Smuggling became commonplace because of high taxes placed on imports. By evading customs officers and avoiding taxes, goods could be sold for much lower prices, making popular items such as tea and alcohol affordable for ordinary citizens.
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Gorgeous fields above Beachy Head

So while smuggling is usually viewed as the work of violent criminals, it was common for entire villages to assist the smuggling operations, aiding the smugglers while hampering the customs men.

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Spectacular ocean views from Beachy Head

Beachy Head’s prominence has long made it a landmark for sailors. All too often the cliffs and the rocky seas below were a danger to vessels – leading to many wrecked ships.

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Hiking the Beachy Head

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Beautiful autumn photo of Beachy Head

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Beachy Head winds have changed how a tree grows

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Hiking the Beachy Head

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Belle Tout Lighthouse in the distance on Beachy Head

The Belle Tout lighthouse (also spelled Belle Toute lighthouse) is a decommissioned lighthouse and British landmark located at Beachy Head, East Sussex. It has been called “Britain’s most famous inhabited lighthouse” because of its striking location and use in film and television.

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Sunset at Beachy Head and Belle Tout

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Hike towards Belle Tout Lighthouse on Beachy Head

The first Belle Tout lighthouse was a temporary wooden structure that started service on 1 October 1828. The construction of the permanent granite lighthouse began in 1829 and it became operational on 11 October 1834. Its use of 30 oil lamps meant that the lighthouse would require 2 gallons of oil every hour.

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Sunset at Beachy Head and Belle Tout

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Beachy Head Cliffs to straight down

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Belle Tout Lighthouse on Beachy Head against a blue sky

By 1999 the erosion of the cliffs was threatening the foundations of the building and drastic steps had to be taken to stop it from falling into the sea.

On 17 March 1999 in a remarkable feat of engineering work the Belle Tout was moved 17 metres (56 ft) away from the cliff face. The 850-ton lighthouse was moved using a pioneering system of hydraulic jacks which pushed the building along four steel-topped concrete beams that were constantly lubricated with grease. The site should now be safe for many years and has been designed to enable further moves as and when they are required.

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The Belle Tout Lighthouse on Beachy Head

The lighthouse was not as successful as had been hoped. The cliff-top location caused problems when sea mists obscured the light, significantly reducing the distance that it would reach. Vessels that sailed too closely to the rocks would not be able to see the light because it was blocked by the edge of the cliff. However, the cliffs of Beachy Head suffered intense coastal erosion over the years and the rocky area started to be covered by the light.

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Beachy Head and Belle Tout lighthouse from the beach

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Both Beachy Head Lighthouses

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White Cliffs of Beachy Head and Belle Toute lighthouse

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Beautiful ocean colors seen from the Seven Sisters

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The majestic Seven Sisters and Belle Toute

Seven Sisters Country Park I had to wander out onto the mudflats to get this shot of the Seven Sisters cliff range, with Birling Gap and the Belle Tout lighthouse in the distance. I’m glad I did though even if I had to overcome a phobia about being surrounded by water.

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14 Responses to The breathtaking white cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters [40 Pics]

  1. Marcus Hirn December 29, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    If you haven’t noticed, I like cliffs. There is something about places where the sea meets land – you know – windy places. I think these white chalk cliffs are magnificent.

  2. Garry Jantzen December 29, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    Thank you so much! These are incredibly beautiful pictures! It must’ve taken quite a long time waiting for just the right time of day, time of year, etc.

  3. Aidy December 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Majestic imagery. There is such beauty in the world.

  4. Mari Pau December 30, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    Wonderful place and wonderful pictures, especially of lighthouses!

  5. sonny May 6, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    Wow…these photos are superbly amazing!….definitely one of the must-see places for nature lovers like myself. The white color of the landscape against the green grass on top and the bluish green ocean is a sight to behold. Thanks for sharing!

    • Chris Sopa January 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

      These pictures just take my breath away. Hoping on my next visit to West Sussex, my friends drive me to see this incredible site.

  6. kombizz December 18, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    Fantastic captures with nice composition and more.

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